Urgh, who likes writing these things? But I’ll give it a try. Let’s see, my name is Trudi Slavin, I’m an Australian journalist (a sub-editor to be precise, so go on let me know just how many typos you’ve spotted on these pages) and I work in women’s magazines. I’ve been writing for some time and have also edited a fiction magazine here in Australia (I can’t name it because I currently work on its rival magazine and not getting fired is a part of my career plans right now).

But hitting a grand age (well it’s not that grand, really, but some days it feels like it) has the effect of focussing you a little more, so I’ve decided to step up my writing and really give it a go. So this year I’ll be blogging, publishing an e-book and begging various over-worked agents and publishers to have a look at my first novel.

If you’re in the same position, I’d love to hear from you. We can commiserate and hopefully celebrate together.

*BTW that picture is of me building my book mountain. It’s coming along nicely.