Sara Schonfeld

Sara Schonfeld - Editor

New York, NY, USA

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

Request a quote
Verified identity


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)
Middle Grade
Middle Grade Fantasy
New Adult
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 4 years)

Intern, Editorial Assistant, Assistant Editor

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

Portfolio (6 selected works)

Ghost Girl

Malinenko, Ally


Blair, Katharyn

Birthday on Mars!

Schonfeld, Sara, Ross, Andrew J.

Sara has 108 reviews

Communication & Punctuality
Communication & Punctuality

Nichole Conran
Sara is a wonderful editor! She gave me such helpful suggestions that really brought my story together. I definitely recommend her!

Nichole Conran, January 2023

Amanda Cormier
Sara was great to work with. Would love to collaborate with her again.

Amanda Cormier, January 2023

Victoria Carnathan
As always, Sara has delivered concise, actionable feedback. She has great insight into the YA space, and I am grateful for her attention to detail and thought-provoking suggestions that can take my story to the next level.

Victoria Carnathan, January 2023

Lindsey Wilburn
I really appreciated Sara and her feedback on my project. She was honest, and helpful while enabling me to fulfill my vision for my book.

Lindsey Wilburn, January 2023

Maria Milano Bilbao
Sara's advice and guidance was invaluable. This is my first experience writing a children's book and Sara was extraordinarily helpful in helping me shape my manuscript, as well as bring more clarity to my vision. Not only did she share extremely insightful advice regarding the editing process but she helped me better understand the complex world of publishing. I feel that after working with Sar...
Read more

Maria Milano Bilbao, October 2022

Read more reviews

Explore the Reedsy Community

Reedsy is a community of top publishing professionals. Join Reedsy today to browse 1000+ profiles.

Yen-Yen Lu

I am a freelance editor who has worked with independent publishers across poetry, fiction, non-fiction, and children's books.

London, UK

Nick Sweeney

Freelance developmental editor, copy editor, and proofreader with expertise in children's and young adult literature.

Roselle Park, NJ, USA

To view 1,000+ more profiles, Join Reedsy