Mina V. Esguerra

Publishing in Pajamas


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


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

latest posts

#FeelsRushIn, a #romanceclass event at Ayala Malls TriNoma

We’re always going to be ready to do a Feels Day, and we proved that when we put together #FeelsRushIn in 10 days. Ha!

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July 25, 2016 - - No comments


Iris After the Incident

Chic Manila is my contemporary romance series set in the Philippines, with Filipino characters. Iris After the Incident is its 8th book (yay!), but they can all be read as standalones. Start with any book and then work your way back, not a problem.

Here’s Iris:

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July 20, 2016 - - No comments


Bumasa at Lumaya 2: Here to celebrate National Children’s Book Day [Blog tour]

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Welcome to my stop on the Bumasa at Lumaya blog tour! We’re celebrating National Children’s Book Day on the blog. I’ve decided to devote this post to discussing Filipino YA, but you can check out the other posts as well at School Librarian in Action to see more from the tour.

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July 19, 2016 - - No comments


Giveaway: Thanks from me and #romanceclass!


I know it can be exhausting, trying to keep up with all the things that we’re doing. And if you have been trying to keep up, I want to thank you. And here’s a way I thought of doing that.


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July 13, 2016 - - No comments


No Strings Attached (2016 new cover, print+ebook edition)

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Carla’s 29 and a whiz at her job: she’s efficient, reliable, and a total genius when it comes to putting something together at the last minute. Her dating life is practically nonexistent though, and everyone has an opinion about that. Her girl best friend (who’s married) keeps trying to set her up with stable banker-types, while her guy best friend (single and proud of it) encourages her to play the field–no strings attached…

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June 30, 2016 - - No comments


#romanceclass lecture: “How to date a musician” (Writing rockstar romances)

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We had our first #romanceclass lecture and it rocked! Sorry for the pun! But it did.

On June 12, Independence Day here in the Philippines, the #romanceclass community met again to have our regular book discussion — except we’ve now turned it into a “lecture” series for writers or aspiring authors. What’s the difference? Well, when we used to meet to discuss books, I think the general impression was that you had to read the assigned books first, when the truth was, we didn’t care. We just wanted to talk about romance, books, and ideas for writing.

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June 13, 2016 - - No comments


Recap: My time as a fellow at the 55th UP National Writers Workshop

A photo posted by Mina V. Esguerra (@minavesguerra) on May 25, 2016 at 10:56pm PDT Surprise! This was one of those things I ended up doing. An opportunity to join the UP National Writers Workshop as a fellow came up, […]

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June 1, 2016 - - No comments


#romanceclass podcast: Nominate a book for us to feature

Get the full season 1 podcast in mp3 here.

Thank you for supporting the #romanceclass podcast! My co-producer Tania Arpa and I started this project because it seemed like a fun thing to do, you know, getting actors to read scenes from romance novels by Filipino authors.

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#AprilFeelsDay: Thoughts and Feelings Recap

How do I even begin?

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April 19, 2016 - - 4 Comments


romanceclasscovers: Romance-y covers for our books

If you write romance with Filipino/Asian characters and prefer photo covers for your books, you know what a struggle it is finding the right cover for your book if you only looked at stock photo sites. There just aren’t enough cover-worthy romance stock photos with Filipinos (or Asians even), or at least not enough for all the stories we’ve been writing.

I’ve tried to find a solution for this by collaborating with Filipino style bloggers (and I have with several books!). Now we’ve taken a greater leap and launched something new:

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April 10, 2016 - - No comments


#AprilFeelsDay: Celebrating romance on April 17

So we’re doing this! The #romanceclass community of readers and authors has done meetups before, and also sold books at fairs, and organized live performances of the books, but now we’re putting it all together and inviting everyone to join. […]

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March 31, 2016 - - No comments


#romanceclass episode 8: FINDING X, read by Rachel Coates and Gio Gahol

This scene from Finding X by Miles Tan was in the original #romanceclass live reading — and we couldn’t resist doing it again. So at the Filipino Readercon, we had Gio and Rachel perform it, and we recorded it live, and now it’s episode 8 of the podcast.

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March 6, 2016 - - No comments


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