Bryan Thomas Schmidt

Bryan Thomas Schmidt – Editor

Hugo nominated and 8 time #1 bestselling author and editor of 21 anthologies, and over 200 novels—let’s make a great story together!


I specialize in developmental, line, and copy editing as well as proofing. References available upon request. 3-5 page sample edit available upon request. I do tend to get a lot of requests and book up fast, so just be aware. I love working with authors though. But before I make an offer, I will ask to see at least 30 pages of your manuscript. I am very selective because I want to work with the best.

NOTE: Now booking Summer 2024. First come, first serve. Thanks.

More About Me:

#1 bestselling/Hugo-nominated editor of 21 anthologies and over 200 novels, including Andy Weir’s The Martian and books by Frank Herbert, Todd McCaffrey, Angie Fox, and many more. His debut novel, The Worker Prince, received Honorable Mention on Barnes & Noble’s Year’s Best Science Fiction. He has written for such popular franchises as Predator, Aliens, Monster Hunter International, Aliens vs. Predators, The X-Files, Joe Ledger, Decipher’s WARS, and many more. Extensive experience in science fiction (especially space opera and military scifi), fantasy (epic fantasy and urban fantasy, sword and sorcery), horror, thrillers, women’s fiction, mystery (especially noir and procedural), western, and nonfiction genres. Author of HOW TO WRITE A NOVEL: THE FUNDAMENTALS OF FICTION.

Fantasy Horror Mystery & Crime Science Fiction Technothriller Women's Fiction Young Adult Fantasy
Writing & Publishing
English (US)
  • 2x Hugo nominee
  • National bestseller
  • Barnes and Noble’s Year’s Best

Work experience


Sep, 2008 — Present

I have 10 published novels, 4 more in the pipeline, a dozen screenplays, 22 edited anthologies, 30 published short stories, 1 published nonfiction books, and editing credits on numerous novels including those by Andy Weir, Angie Fox, Todd McCaffrey, Frank Herbert, JÁ Pitts, Tracy Hickman & Dan Willis, Kate Corcino, Quincy J. Allen, Mike Resnick, and many more. I have over 30 books out from publishers like St. Martins Press, Baen Books, Titan Books, IDW, Blackstone Publishing, & more. I have worked with both indie and traditional authors in genres that include science fiction, fantasy, mystery, thriller, horror, romance, women’s fiction, historical, nonfiction, gaming, and more.

“Bryan is an excellent editor. He worked with me and customized his service to what I needed. He got the job done quickly and thoroughly. I recommend him to any who are interested.” ~ Andy Weir, Author (The Martian, Random House 2014)

25 and Y

Mar, 2020 — Jul, 2021 (over 1 year)

I acquired books for the various publications lines, including a mystery line I was Managing Editor for, and also produced SURVIVING TOMORROW a charity anthology for COVID testing kits.

Wordfire Press

Apr, 2014 — May, 2018 (about 4 years)

I edited books for Wordfire including those for Frank Herbert, JÁ Pitts, Gray Rinehart, Mike Rensick, Tracy Hickman & Dan Willis, Quincy J. Allen, Julie Frost, and many more.

“Bryan Thomas shows insight both as an editor and as a reader. He understands stories on several levels, from the big picture to the small details, and he helps the author sculpt the best possible book.”~ Kevin J. Anderson, publisher, WordFire Press


Predator: Eyes of the Demon

Bryan Thomas Schmidt - editor

Clod Makes A Friend

Pedersen, David J.

The Angel of the Abyss

Schwaeble, Hank


Vargas, Phillip

Pack Dynamics

Frost, Julie

A Game of Authors

Herbert, Frank

City of Angels

McCaffrey, Todd

The Martian

Andy Weir

Mission: Tomorrow

Schmidt, Bryan Thomas

Decision Points

Card, Orson Scott

Galactic Games

Schmidt, Bryan Thomas

Beyond the Sun

Schmidt, Bryan Thomas

Little Green Men—Attack!

Schmidt, Brian Thomas

Joe Ledger: Unstoppable

Maberry, Jonathan

Shattered Shields

Brozek, Jennifer

Infinite Stars

Weber, David

Bryan Thomas has 39 reviews





Jeremy H.

Jeremy H.

Feb, 2024

"It's not meant to be sinful, but challenging." When I went to Bryan, I asked for strong feedback. I have to say, I wasn't expecting quite so much red on my manuscript, and my ego had some trouble dealing with it. I told Bryan as much after he'd done his work, and the above was his reply. I really appreciated those words. It was a reminder that just because my writing wasn't perfect--far from...
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Bryan Thomas S.
Did I really say sinful? I think that was a typo but I’m glad you took it the right way.
E.B. M.

E.B. M.

Feb, 2024

I had the pleasure of working with Bryan on the novel I've worked on my entire life. Due to the high amount of work I've put into my story I had high expectations but Bryan came through with professionalism and expertise. He helped to efficiently improve my overall flow to create a more cohesive and engaging story. I highly recommend Bryan for any author seeking an editor with both experience a...
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Paul P.

Paul P.

Jan, 2024

Bryan provided invaluable insights and deep knowledge of the publishing industry, shedding light on reader expectations and marketability aspects. His straightforward approach was particularly helpful, and I truly appreciate the effort and guidance he provided.
Mary E.

Mary E.

Dec, 2023

Bryan gave me great advices and answered all my questions after delivery. He delivered my manuscript on time. He explained the reasons behind each correction.
Joshua S.

Joshua S.

Dec, 2023

Bryan is great at what he does. He's pointed, experienced, professional, and does not hold back. Something, as a veteran, I appreciate. My work is complicated to write. Attempting a sci-fi novel provides many unique challenges in world-building for the reader. Something he excels at. And despite several issues he dealt with, he worked with me through the project, providing tremendous insight I...
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