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Mina V. Esguerra

Publishing in Pajamas

Author


Mina writes contemporary romance, young adult, and new adult novellas. Through her blog Publishing in Pajamas (minavesguerra.com), she documents her experiments in publishing.

Trainer


Mina is a resource speaker for the workshop series "Author at Once" for writers and publishers, and teaches #romanceclass for aspiring romance writers.

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Love Your Frenemies 2017


Love Your Frenemies, #4 in my Chic Manila series, has a new cover and epilogue!

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January 11, 2018 - - No comments

BooksNews

Recently on the Book Thingo podcast


#romanceclass has been all over the Australia-based Book Thingo romance podcast lately! Kat Mayo visited Manila a few months ago and we put together a series of episodes that have all gone live by now. Catch up! Episode 45: “Makes […]

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December 20, 2017 - - No comments

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#romanceclassYA happened and now we have these


Not sure if you were aware of this, but for the past three months, over 40 authors have been busy writing. I mean, maybe more than usual. We at the #romanceclass community opened up a free, online YA novella-writing class. […]

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December 1, 2017 - - No comments

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FilReadercon Cebu: See you!


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November 9, 2017 - - No comments

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#FeelsFest2017: Because you’re all so good at this


A post shared by Mina V. Esguerra (@minavesguerra) on Oct 15, 2017 at 3:48am PDT Dear #romanceclass community (i.e. those who have written books, those who have read the books, those who’ve read only one book or haven’t read a […]

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October 25, 2017 - - No comments

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New from #romanceclass: FLAIR


If you follow me and #romanceclass news on social media, you’ll be seeing a lot of this in the coming months. FLAIR (or #romanceclassFlair) is a new, ongoing project to release steamy contemporary romance (in English) by Filipino authors. There […]

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October 20, 2017 - - No comments

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Fairy Tale Fail 2017 edition


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September 18, 2017 - - No comments

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#romanceclasscovers, an update


In 2016, we started a photo project called #romanceclasscovers, so we could start seeing Pinoys on our romance book covers. After that first shoot with Katrice Kierulf and Miguel Almendras, we’ve…decided to do more shoots.

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September 10, 2017 - - No comments

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My sessions at #GoReadWrite2017


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August 23, 2017 - - No comments

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#FeelsSoHot recap: Thoughts when sex scenes are read out loud


I almost didn’t write this recap. For the tenth version of the #romanceclass live reading events, we did something new: we made it adults-only, so we could have the actors read the steamy stuff. Previous events were held in open, general audience venues and while #romanceclass books (and maybe Filipino romance or “chick lit” in general) are perceived to be sweet and safe for work the number of authors writing more adult themes and scenes is actually growing. We saw it when we began proper categorization for the romanceclassbooks.com site and noticed that nearly half the catalogue could be tagged as Steamy, and I noticed it when I began to edit previous live reading excerpts prior to a performance, to “clean up” the language a little. The fact is, we are starting to accumulate a significant number of titles featuring edgier author voices, sexier situations. Filipino authors of romance in English are writing this. It was time to highlight this, rather than “clean it up.” One of the authors in our community (Kate Sebastian) challenged me to do this and charge an entrance fee for it.

So we did it. Haha.

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July 19, 2017 - - No comments

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My Imaginary Ex 2017 and a new author’s note


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July 12, 2017 - - No comments

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How to get a free copy of the #romanceclass textbook


In 2013, I facilitated an online class, and gave them resources to write a chick lit/contemporary romance novella. I collected the “lectures” (posts sent to the group) and made a little textbook out of it. This year, I updated the […]

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