I enjoy the solitude of writing – just me, the characters and an unfolding story. I enjoy giving my manuscripts to friends and hearing their thoughts. What I hadn’t realised was the value in having a manuscript appraisal done. When I sent my manuscript to Emma and Lucinda, I wasn’t sure exactly what to expect. What I got was a detailed report that not only showed me that they know what they are talking about but also gave me the insight I needed to fix the problems and make it complete. They didn’t tell me what to write, they just posed questions, made suggestions – the rest was up to me. I was so impressed with the process and their professionalism that I sent them another manuscript the very next week.

Di Walker author of Everything We Keep, Saving Charli and Unpacking Harper Holt

Wow guys, many thanks go out to you both. Such a great detailed appraisal with tonnes of info for a freshie like me. I totally agree on all the amendments you recommended. So excited to get to work enhancing my book with this new knowledge and perspective.

Samaria Lemke author of Little Mister Gets a Sister

I heartily recommend Flying Pants Editing to any budding or experienced author of children’s books. Emma and Lucinda edited my first novel with professionalism and fine attention to detail. With their encouragement and helpful comments my story has developed far beyond what it was before I submitted it to them for a copy edit. I found their suggestions on ways it could be improved to be very helpful. They had such a gentle way of making subtle hints, without actually telling me what to write, that stirred my imagination and gave me the impetus to develop new story lines and enrich characters. I have enjoyed working with them and look forward to doing so again in the future.

Rosemary Davison

Emma and Lucinda performed a manuscript edit of my MG book and gave me incredibly useful guidance, delivered with elegance. In other words it was:

Incisive but fair, helpful yet gentle, broad but pointed, humanistic yet analytic, contemporary but historical, insightful yet undogmatic.

All of their suggestions have proved useful to me. I would recommend their service without hesitation.

Jon Glass author of the Worcester Glendenis series

I have to say, Flying Pants Editing’s concise and comprehensive edit of my Children’s Picture Book far surpassed my expectations. 

Their careful and professional appraisal addressed setting, characters, title, story, structure, text, rhyme and synopsis, whilst offering a practical list of ‘next steps’, that guided me through the changes.  

Emma and Lucinda really honed and refined my manuscript, whilst being sympathetic to the plot and characters. The whole process was really exciting and resulted in a story that I am very proud of. 

Milly Reynolds Telltale Press

What can I say about the marvellous Lucinda and Emma? They were the shine in my shoes, the icing on my cake, the feather in my cap. It was an invaluable experience to put my manuscript into the hands of someone who could provide trusted feedback from a new perspective. I gained confidence, direction and a great support team. 

Tammy Forster

Flying Pants Editing helped us with editing, spell checking and formatting our pitch document to publishers. They were fast and fantastic to work with. It gave us the confidence to know that our presentation was the best it could be. The result was a publishing deal with Allen & Unwin, we are very thankful for their speed and professionalism.

Richard Pritchard co-Author/Illustrator of Wylah The Koorie Warrior

Emma and Lucinda are an amazing team that make the normally fearful experience of editing a book incredibly enjoyable. Their feedback is always prompt, supportive and easy to apply to elevate a manuscript to the best standard. Emma and Lucinda go a step beyond their editing services by providing a clear overview of your story’s themes, where it fits within the market, and other areas that can support your writing such as conferences and publishing services. I have thoroughly enjoyed working with the Flying Pants team and cannot thank them enough for how they have developed my writing skills. I look forward to working with them again in the future. 

Thank you again for all that you guys do. It has been so encouraging working with you both. 

Madeleine Birkett

I knew my children’s picture book manuscript was in professional, competent and passionate hands from the very beginning of the editing process.

Lucinda and Emma provided prompt, constructive and creative feedback beyond my expectations, the end result being a story transformed into a highly polished narrative ready for any reader’s eyes.

I see the service Flying Pants Editing provides being an imperative part of my journey to being a published author.

Dayle Gherbaz

I highly recommend Flying Pants Editing! Lucinda and Emma were fantastic from the get go!

Being a first time author, no question was too silly and they were very prompt with their responses and always happy to help every step of the way.

All of their feedback and editing was very in-depth, well explained and professional.

I’m so happy with my first story and couldn’t have done it without them.

10/10 recommendation for these ladies.

Kayla Poots

Gigantic thanks to Lucinda and Emma from Flying Pants Editing for revealing truly magnificent skills while upgrading this journey and story to the place where it belongs. Working with you was exactly what I subconsciously wanted and realistically needed and for that I am forever grateful. 

Shlomi Almoslinos