1. READ romances.
2. Learn the genres and sub-genres of romance. Find out what type of romance you'd like to write. (Tip: You really should love them before you write them.)
3. Learn what publishers publish the type of romance you want to write.
4. Learn (and correct, if necessary) the Top Ten Beginner's Mistakes.
5. Join a writing group and/or organization, and, if possible, find a critique partner or group. There's nothing like having someone who understands and will cheer you on and lend a shoulder to cry on when needed.
6. Learn how to set goals...and how to keep them!
7. Learn how to manage your time. Too often we put the things we want to do behind all the other things that vie for our time. Make writing a priority.
8. Keep current on publishing industry news.
9. Enter contests and submit your work to pulishers. Someone other than you will have to someday read it. Contests can help you hone your skills. Remember that rejections are part of the writing life, so grow a thick skin. Learn how to use rejections to your advantage.
10. Remember that you'll always be learning, whether you're a beginning writer, have been writing for a few years, or have published twenty or more books.
*Resources for the above can be found within the Bits & Bytes blog.