1. Don't wait for your muse. Get your butt in the chair.
2. It's ideal if someone has your back. Find a critique partner.
3. Tighten your manuscript. Make every word count.
4. Keep your eyes open. Research agents, read books in your genre, and stay informed.
5. Don't get distracted. Focus, focus, focus!
6. Look closely at submission guidelines.
7. After you've done your very best, relax. Only so much is within your control.