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 (about 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 63 reviews

Communication & Punctuality
Communication & Punctuality

Victoria Carnathan
I am so happy I hired Sara to edit my 63k word manuscript! From the editorial letter, to her line edits, to our messages back and forth, she has been an invaluable partner in helping shape my story for the better. I came into this wanting her to poke ALL the holes - and she did, thank goodness! - in a super constructive and insightful way. She even finished a few days early! :)

Victoria Carnathan, January 2022

Jessica Thomson
Sara gave such thoughtful and insightful feedback. I could tell she really spent time understanding my story and offered me amazing high-level suggestions on what I can do to make my first chapters stronger. When I had follow-up questions, she responded quickly, with even more insight. I highly recommend her!

Jessica Thomson, January 2022

Terry Williams
Sara was personable and professional. I'm hoping to work with her again.

Terry Williams, January 2022

Kate DeMaio
Sara's feedback was super helpful and punctual. Her edits were clear and I'm actually excited to incorporate them into my manuscript!

Kate DeMaio, January 2022

Leslie Eva Tayloe
I enjoyed working with Sara. I thought she was straightforward, professional, and provided the comments I needed to move my manuscript to the next level. I would definitely work with Sara again.

Leslie Eva Tayloe, December 2021

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