Rachel Sonis

Penguin Workshop/ Penguin Young Readers

My Manuscript Wish List

Rachel Sonis is a children’s book editor at Penguin Workshop, an imprint at Penguin Young readers, where she’s developed a number of critically-acclaimed and bestselling books, including Jessica Hische’s New York Times bestselling picture books Tomorrow I'll be Brave and Tomorrow I’ll Be Kind, award winning nonfiction YA series the Pocket Change Collective, the Who HQ Graphic Novels series, and Respect the Mic: Celebrating 20 Years of Poetry from a Chicagoland High School. Her list primarily focuses on commercial upper middle grade, YA, and graphic novels -- with the voicey, funny, form-bending picture book thrown into the mix.

Rachel gravitates towards everything from realistic, contemporary fiction and magical realism to captivating, accountable nonfiction -- stories that have diverse characters, make readers think, and reflect the world we live in. She’s always on the lookout for projects that center inclusion, joy, and exploration, contain well-crafted voice-driven narratives, and make readers and make readers ask themselves one fundamental question: what’s next? 

Fun facts about me:
  • A born-and-raised Brooklynite
  • Russian native speaker
  • Lee Strasburg Theater and Film Institute Alumni
  • A Sagittarius sun, a Pisces rising, and a Libra Moon
  • ENFJ
  • A master playlist maker
  • Lover of interior design and architecture
  • Coffee fiend

Submission Guidelines

Submissions should be emailed to rsonis@penguinrandomhouse.com

Agented submissions only.

Vital Info

Fiction: Children's, Commercial, Fantasy, Graphic Novel, Historical, Humor, LGBTQ, Literary, Middle Grade, Mystery, Picture Books, Poetry, Romance, Thriller, Young Adult
Non-Fiction: History, Humor, Illustrated, LGBTQ, Pop Culture, Sports

Favorite sub-genres:
I'd like the next...
  • Red, White, & Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston
  • Emergency Contact by Mary HK Choi
  • Hot Dog Girl by Jennifer Dugan
  • Who Put This Song On by Morgan Parker
  • Laura Dean Keeps Breaking Up With Me by Mariko Tamaki and Rosemary Valero-O'Connell
  • Bloom by Kevin Panetta and Savanna Ganucheau
  • Franky In Love by David Yoon
  • Shout by Laurie Halse Handerson

My favorites include...
  • Last Night at the Telegraph Club by Malinda Lo
  • This One Summer By Mariko Tamaki and Jillian Tamaki
  • Such A Fun Age by Kiley Reid
  • Luster by Raven Leilani
  • Banned Book Club by Kim Hyun Sook and Ryan Estrada
  • A Little Devil In America by Hanif Abdurraquib
  • Evie Drake Starts Over by Linda Holmes

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