Nik worked in scientific research for a while, doing a PhD in Evolutionary Genetics, before moving sideways into science publishing. He got his first publishing job at Portland Press, a publisher of academic journals and books, where he learned his editorial craft, augmented not inconsiderably by courses on proofreading and copy-editing at The Publishing Training Centre. Nik went freelance in 2004, offering editorial services to academic publishers. His business has grown, and he now does copy-editing, proofreading and project management of academic, educational and professional books in a number of fields, including life sciences and the humanities, in addition to tutoring on the Basic Proofreading by Distance Learning course. He says one of the most interesting parts of his job is building relationships with authors of the books he copy-edits and project manages, and getting to know an increasing number of freelancers in the same fields.
He is married with two school-age children, and likes to cycle long distances in search of cake.