Editorial Services

“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)

“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

“Bryan was a joy to work with and I hope to work with him again soon!” ~ New York Times Bestselling Author Todd McCaffrey

“I hired a professional editor because I needed to be taught my weaknesses so I could find them myself.”
~ Holly L’Osieau, author

“Bryan Thomas Schmidt proved to be an invaluable asset in the proofing of my novel Terminal Justice.  He is an insightful and conscientious editor.  His suggestions were spot on and I found myself not only using his advice, but seeking it out.  He will be the ace in the hole a lot of authors need to take that first step into mainstream writing.  Two words…hire him.” ~ Lyle Markowitz, Author (Terminal Justice)

“Well, here is one author who truly appreciates what you have done so far for my work. Alone because you made me understand something: Needing an editor does not mean that I am not a writer. It just means I need to get better. And anybody should always strive to become better at what they do, no matter what they do.” ~ K.M. Strid, Author client

“Bryan brings his knowledge of writingcraft and storycraft to bear on all his editing projects. He applies both his skills as an author and the vast number of books that he has read to raise to high standards each manuscript he receives. If you need an editor to provide you with objective, professional, and no punches pulled feedback for your book projects then Bryan’s editing services are what you are looking for. He’s honest, flexible, and brings great credibility to whomever he works with; Grail Quest Books stories are 100% the better for having him involved.”  Josh Radke, Owner/Publisher, Grail Quest Books (Wars game tie-in novellas, Edited by Bryan Thomas Schmidt)

“Bryan Thomas Schmidt kept an important project on target during a very chaotic time for Flying Pen Press. because of his tenacity, capability and focus, a great book emerged. We could not have done it without him. These qualities are imperative in today’s publishing environment, and Bryan has them in abundance, while still retaining a delightful positive attitude.” ~ David Rozansky, Publisher/Owner, Flying Pen Press (Space Battles: Full Throttle Space Tales 6, Edited by Bryan Thomas Schmidt)

“In the summer of 2010, I asked Bryan Thomas Schmidt to help me smooth out my latest manuscript in order to prepare it for submission. Immediately, he went to work, attacking my 100K-word document with professional gusto and a real sense of duty. Bryan is an indomitable wordsmith who questioned my every move to ensure I was saying exactly what I meant to say in every scene. I found many of his suggestions invaluable and I am confident that my manuscript is better since he edited and critiqued it for me.” ~ Ellen C. Maze, author Rabbit: Chasing Beth Rider

“Bryan’s professional editing helped me trim 2,000 weak and redundant words from an 8,000 word short. His comments were detailed and consistent. I adapted 90% of them into the final version, and found myself cleaning up other stories as a result. His critique also forced me to rethink my lazy solutions, digging deeper into the story to find its core. His services were well worth his extremely reasonable rates.” ~ David Brown, author, Fourth Horseman, Fist Full Of Reefer

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In addition to writing, Bryan also proofreads and edits for professional writers. Contact can be made through the Contact link on the About Me Menu.

Ala Carte Service Fees

Developmental Edits: $40-60/hour (Full read and summary notes of issues, impressions, suggestions on plot, character and general readiness for publication) Timing depends upon length. Generally 10 days to 2 weeks.

Copy Edits: $40-60/hour (In depth line-by-line edit for grammar, word choice, etc. including some notes on story arc, plot, etc. as they come up) Can take 10-20 days from start time, depending on word count.

Short Story review and quick impressions: $50

Short Stories complete proof/edit: $30/hour

Polishing/Ghostwriting: $50/hour (negotiable after review of state of manuscript for polishing)


Term papers, reports, letters…anything double-spaced with 1″ margins $4.00/page
Transcription – double-spaced, 1″ margins $4.50/page
Database input for new database $.10-15/line
Manuscripts, longer projects that are double-spaced Special pricing
Flyers, transparencies – anything with clip-art and in color Special pricing
Tri-fold flyers, One Sheets, Posters, Postcards, Mailers Special pricing

Books As Editor:
Rabbit: Legacy by Ellen Maze
Space Battles: Full Throttle Space Tales 6, Flying Pen Press, 2012
Beyond The Sun, Fairwood Press, 2013
Shattered Shields, Co-editor with Jennifer Brozek, Baen Books, 2014
The Martian by Andy Weir, Crown, 2014
My Big Fat Demonslayer Wedding by Angie Fox, 2014
Spark Rising by Kate Corcino, 2014
Chemical Burn by Quincy J. Allen, WordFire Press, 2015
Mission: Tomorrow,  Baen Books, 2015
Blood Ties by Quincy J. Allen, WordFire, 2015
Galactic Games, Baen Books, 2016
Oshenerth by Alan Dean Foster, WordFire Press, 2016
City of Angels
by Todd McCaffrey, WordFire Press, 2016
Decision Points, WordFire Press, 2016
Blood Curse by Quincy J. Allen, WordFire Press, 2016
Night Terrors
by John A. Pitts, WordFire, 2016
The Iron Thane by Jason Henderson, WordFire, 2016
The Spawn of Loki by Jason Henderson, WordFire, 2016
Little Green Men–Attack!
, Co-editor Robin Wayne Bailey, Baen Books, 2017
Monster Hunter File, Co-editor Larry Correia, Baen Books, 2017
Infinite Stars, Titan Books, 2017
Predator: If It Bleeds, Titan Books, 2017
Joe Ledger: Unstoppable, Co-editor Jonathan Maberry, St. Martin’s Griffin, 2017
The Jupiter Game by Todd McCaffrey, Wordfire Press, 2017
Into The Fire by Patrick Hester, WordFire Press, 2017
Walking On the Sea Of Clouds by Gray Reinhold, Wordfire Press, 2017
Death Wind by Travis Heerman and Jim Pinto, Wordfire Press, 2017
The Unknown Soldier by Jace Killan, 2018

5 thoughts on “Editorial Services

  1. Hi Bryan,
    I have a 51,000 word document. Terrible at math so I’m not sure what it would cost to get an editorial. Thanks.

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