After the great experience with the lecture with the musicians, I decided not to do another lecture until we had just as good a panel. We found out then that we had people coming in from far outside Manila and it had to be worth it. I know how much time is worth and I wasn’t going to ask it of people if it would just be a so-so thing.
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.
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, […]
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. […]
I’ve been reading a lot of sports romances in the past few years, so it was a surprise to me that when I started this discussion topic, romance readers would go, “What’s that?” But it’s not that they weren’t familiar with the stories; just that it was called a thing. “Sports romance.” Essentially a romance book that involved athletes, either as main characters or love interests, or both. Set in the world of that sport, but sometimes not that much.
There was a lot for romance lovers to check out at Filipino Readercon this year! We had been experimenting as a group with a bunch of things, and everyone stepped up to put everything to the test for a larger audience on Readercon day.
I’ve participated in the past Readercons in a casual, somewhat non-committal way, since it started. Of course it was the kind of thing I’d go to as a participant, and I did. Then I was invited to be part of […]
My first time in Davao, first time traveling without my daughter. November turned out to be a busy month so I haven’t properly recapped this event, but I’m thankful that I got the invite from the NBDB. I appreciate that they’re giving me a chance to talk about my publishing experiments.
Another way to thank me (if you found any of this helpful)
Mina V. Esguerra writes contemporary romance, young adult, and new adult novellas. Through her blog Publishing in Pajamas (minavesguerra.com), she documents her experiments in publishing.
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