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 Fall 2023. 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 Schmidt 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 32 reviews





Debra S.

Debra S.

Nov, 2023

Bryan's review of my manuscript provided valuable feedback. His edits were extensive and rooted in a deep knowledge of the industry. I highly recommend him.
Brad B.

Brad B.

Nov, 2023

Please be aware that if you are looking for a yes man, then this is not your guy!!! Before choosing Bryan, I spent three months conducting research on line editors for my novel. The main reason was that most people informed me that the chapter they read was excellent. I managed to juggle multiple projects while also providing care for my terminally ill mother. It would have been convenient f...
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Colin S.

Colin S.

Aug, 2023

I had high hopes for my editing collaboration with Bryan, and he surpassed them all. My first book, the Icarus Paradox, was in reasonably okay shape when we started, but he took the rougher pass and sharpened all the edges to a diamond finish. Bryan is a very professional communicator, easy to work with, has high standards, knows his craft and educated me on the formatting and functional concep...
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Gary G.

Gary G.

Jul, 2023

Great, professional editor. You won't go wrong, if you work with Bryan.
Giancarlo D.

Giancarlo D.

Jul, 2023

Bryan is a gem to work with. He'll point out things you didn't even know could be improved or fixed, and help improve them. Even the harshest criticism he gave me was in good faith, and in service of a better book. A collaboration more than worth every cent.

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