David Ling was a director of educational and general multinational publishing companies where he worked for nearly twenty years before establishing David Ling Publishing in 1992.
An active member and former long-time councillor of the Publishers Association of New Zealand (PANZ), in 2011 he was awarded Honorary Life Membership for his services to the industry.
“New Zealand book lovers will know how much we depend on the judgment, expertise and professional commitment of a publisher like David Ling. I am extremely grateful to him, not only for taking the gamble with an unknown, but for his advice, enthusiastic care and attention in doing such a fine job.”
John Steele, author of No Ordinary Man
“Since the first publication appeared under the David Ling imprint, a steady stream of quality titles has followed... a publishing list which is making a significant contribution to New Zealand writing, both fiction and non-fiction.”
...North & South magazine
“David Ling has published two books of which I was co-author. He has also handled books for several close friends. He is a professional in every sense, and we have all found him a pleasure to deal with.”
- Michael Bassett, co-author with Paul Goldsmith, The Myers, and Puketutu and its People
“My publisher David Ling has been involved from the outset. His attention to detail and willingness to adapt to the book’s changing shape has been critical. A more patient publisher and ally a writer could not wish.”
- James McNeish, The Mask of Sanity
“David Ling has an empathy with authors and an insight to what readers want, unusual in contemporary publishing. The result is always a quality book.”
- Harold Kidd, co-author with Robin Elliott, Winkelmann's Waitemata, The Logans, and Vintage New Zealand Launches