Top Ten Writing Tips Supplied by Crime Writer Martin Edwards - author of The Coffin Trail

1. Study the market - read crime novels written by today's authors
2. Only write a crime novel if you enjoy reading them
3. If your story is set in the past, research the period thoroughly
4. If it is set in the present, give it a setting with which you are familiar
5. If you want to write a series, make your detective credible and likeable
6. Plan the story before you start writing
7. Aim for a strong first paragraph and first page
8. Keep building the suspense
9. Make the climax to the story as strong as you possibly can
10. Remember: writing a novel is a marathon, not a sprint. Don't lose heart half way through!