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About Christopher Long

Christopher Long editor, founder of OCH Editoral

‘Christopher Long was exemplary … I would highly recommend Mr Long for similar work, not only for his excellent skills but also for his demonstrated commitment to the work.’

Masataka Fujita, Head Investment Trends and Issues, UNCTAD

‘Ben Berger has asked me to pass on his thanks to you for your fabulous work on the manuscript. Many thanks again from me too.’

Melanie Hamill, Managing Editor, Hart Publishing Ltd

For over thirty-five years Christopher Long has worked with some of the world’s leading legal and academic publishers, in London, Oxford, Cambridge and overseas, besides assignments with government and international bodies, as well as mainstream commercial organisations (see select list of clients).

Graduating in 1980, he then studied Book Publishing at Oxford Polytechnic, being awarded the CNAA Post-Graduate Diploma in 1981.

A career in London followed, working in-house as an editor for academic and legal publishers. A period publishing military histories for William Kimber was cut short by that firm’s takeover in 1988.

Deciding to go freelance at this point, Christopher soon found there was a steady flow of copy-editing work coming his way. These assignments were fortified by an infusion of research and writing projects: travel guides, industry yearbooks, country profiles, commodity reports, investment reports, media analysis, and various other commissions. During this period he also co-authored with Robert Fraser two major works: The World Financial System (Longman, 1991) and Western European Economic Organizations: a Comprehensive Guide (Longman, 1992).

This period culminated in the setting up of the Editmaster Company, an editorial, translation and marketing services provider which worked extensively with Cadmos of Hamburg to translate and publish an extensive backlist of highly illustrated equestrian and general interest books throughout the English-speaking world. Editmaster’s sphere of operations grew gradually wider, eventually incorporating translation, all types of editorial work, commissioning of photography, marketing and representation at trade fairs, and warehousing and shipping transactions.

By 2007 the business was going very well, but Editmaster was dangerously over-reliant on a single client. Cadmos was taken over by an Austrian publisher, and the existing arrangements were rendered uncertain.

At this time, Christopher received an offer of long-term research work on a project for the Department of Trade and Industry. This was followed by an assignment with the Lord Chancellor’s Department, editing a range of judges’ benchbooks, intended to provide an overview of legal procedure for judges. Further such work led eventually to a period in Geneva where he worked for the United Nations as editor of UNCTAD’s flagship publication, World Investment Report, also drafting press statements and senior staff presentation speeches, and preparing academic papers for journal publication.