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

Assistant Editor

January, 2019 – Present (over 2 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 14 reviews

Communication & Punctuality
Communication & Punctuality

Jerry Bouchard
Would hire her in a second !!!!! THE. BEST !!!

Jerry Bouchard, April 2021

Nia Schindle
Sara was an absolute pleasure to work with! Clear and collaborative, she really helped elevate my children's book manuscript with thoughtful edits and a thorough editorial letter. Her communication skills are top notch and I truly believe my book is better because of Sara. I'd absolutely work with her again in the future! Thank you for everything.

Nia Schindle, April 2021

wynn ferrell
Thank you Sara: I have incorporated most of what you have given me into the story. I greatly appreciate it. Wynn Ferrell

wynn ferrell, April 2021

Brian Christ
Sara gave me a full load of valuable, insightful comments that will help me not only with this work but as I press forward and try to become a better writer. I'm glad I chose her.

Brian Christ, April 2021

Camille Campbell
Sara did a fantastic job editing my picture book manuscript. She delivered great feedback, was very enthusiastic about my work, and went above and beyond in editing the book. I would certainly recommend working with her!

Camille Campbell, March 2021

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