James R. Hannibal
Start by going to conventions like ThrillerFest—particularly CraftFest at the beginning of the week. Learn all you can about the community of your genre and the craft of writing. Then go and find the Elements of Fiction Writing series. Study it. Learn from established masters. Anyone with a little discipline can put enough words on paper to form a book. If you are going to set yourself apart in this saturated market, you need to become an expert. You need to develop your art to the same degree that a master painter or sculptor develops theirs.