Sara Schonfeld

Sara Schonfeld - Editor

New York, NY, USA

Experienced children's book editor at HarperCollins specializing in picture books up through teen.

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Sara Schonfeld joined HarperCollins in 2019 after starting her publishing career at Penguin Random House. She works on picture books up through teen. She graduated from the University of Pennsylvania Summa Cum Laude/Phi Beta Kappa with a dual major in English and Hispanic Studies and a minor in creative writing, including courses in children's literature, copyediting, and screenwriting. When she’s not reading (which is what she does most of the time!) she loves watching anything Marvel, kickboxing, or baking.

An author herself, Sara has an editorial style all about expressing the author's intentions and helping readers understand and access that vision. Her process is grounded in asking questions, and she enjoys working from editorial letters to margin comments down to line-edits.


"To the editor of my dreams, Sara Schonfeld: Every step of the way, you’ve been Charlotte’s champion. I am grateful for your gentle guidance and GIF-laden edits." -Katharyn Blair, author of UNCHOSEN

"Thanks to my extraordinary editor, Sara Schonfeld who championed this book from the start. You took the time to meet with me and talk about this book’s potential and how to make it even better, and that made me realize that you were the kind of editor I dreamed of. You worked tirelessly with me all the while honoring my writing and the story I wanted to tell. Thank you for bringing Zee and Elijah and Nellie’s story to life with compassion." -Ally Malinenko, author of GHOST GIRL

English (US)
Children’s Non-Fiction
Middle Grade
Middle Grade Fantasy
Picture Books
Social & Family Issues
Young Adult Fantasy


  • Editing Children's and YA Books Across Cultures
  • Penguin Random House: Emerging Editors Program
  • Penguin Random House: Consumer Analytics Apprenticeship

Work experience

Associate Editor

January, 2019 – Present (almost 3 years)

Intern, Editorial Assistant, Assistant Editor

Penguin Random House
September, 2014 – January, 2019 (over 4 years)

Portfolio (5 selected works)

Ghost Girl

Malinenko, Ally


Blair, Katharyn

Birthday on Mars!

Schonfeld, Sara, Ross, Andrew J.

Sara has 50 reviews

Communication & Punctuality
Communication & Punctuality

AC Shell
Sara was amazing to work with! She gave really valuable feedback and told me what I need to work on to improve my manuscript, answered all my (many) questions, and was very timely in her responses.. Her fees are very reasonable. I would highly recommend her.

AC Shell, October 2021

Barbara Schoenfeld
Collaborating with Sara is the best thing I could have done to propel my project forward. She brings commercial experience from her background in the industry, informing her strategic advice. Plus, she possesses excellent editorial and coaching skills. Even though her schedule is packed, she honors her time commitments and overall, is an outstanding professional. She's a delight to work with.

Barbara Schoenfeld, October 2021

Teju Prasad
Sara was great to work with, she gave me excellent feedback on my children's book manuscript and answered all of my questions thoroughly!

Teju Prasad, October 2021

Ramona Wildgoose
Sara was great to work with. I was struggling on how to end my story and her input was exactly what I needed. I would be happy to work with her again.

Ramona Wildgoose, September 2021

Debrah Martin
Really helpful with my first picture book, thank you for setting me off on the right track.

Debrah Martin, September 2021

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