Sara Schonfeld

Sara Schonfeld – Editor

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


Sara 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: 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 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

Middle Grade Picture Books Young Adult Fantasy
English (US)
  • Editing Children's and YA Books Across Cultures
  • Penguin Random House: Emerging Editors Program
  • Penguin Random House: Consumer Analytics Apprenticeship

Work experience


Jan, 2019 — Present

Editor for HarperTeen and HarperCollin's children working on contemporary, speculative, rom-com, and some fantasy.

Penguin Random House

Sep, 2014 — Jan, 2019 (over 4 years)

Sara has 131 reviews





Sarah L.

Sarah L.

Oct, 2023

It was a great experience working with Sara! She provided insightful and thorough feedback on the plot of my novel. All her notes are very helpful, precise, and clear.
Ama L.

Ama L.

Oct, 2023

Sara is amazing! Truly, a gift. You will not regret working with her. She's a true fan of stories and so she brings that love of storytelling to your work. I had a great experience with our back and forth communication. If you're looking to reduce your word count, she has a great eye for what you can remove without sacrificing the spirit of your story. I highly recommend.
Noah R.

Noah R.

Oct, 2023

Sara is amazing to work with. She goes above and beyond what is asked. Very knowledgeable and adds tremendous value to what she does. Highly recommended.
Gilbert H.

Gilbert H.

Oct, 2023

Sara was thorough and highly professional throughout the reviewing process. Her detailed analysis and suggestions have provided me with the necessary steps for moving forward with my manuscript.
aya K.

aya K.

Aug, 2023

It was really great working with Sarah. She was answered all of my questions and gave really great feedback!

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