Well, today I can offer you not one carrot, but two!
The first is that the Watermill's writing competition is still open (until February 28th) and that you can find details here about how to win a whacking great £1,000 - and get your name known.
And you could also use the prize-money to stay there....
The second carrot is Kate Walker's wildly popular 12-Point Guide to Writing Romance; now in its third edition.
This is a book which tells you everything you ever wanted to know about writing romance. It dispels myths, encourages you to concentrate on what really matters and is a compelling read.
I have a brand-new and very shiny copy in my hot little hand which I will giving to one of the students on my course.