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.

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My brand is building worlds

Last weekend, #romanceclass had a branding workshop, offered by Maloy Luakian, and hosted by Belle de Jour Power Planner at their new office/HQ in Shaw Boulevard. Recaps written by the participating authors have called it “personal” and it was! In […]

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So that was April Feels Day 2019

It’s an honor and a pleasure to get to do this, again, for people. Every time, I learn more and am reminded that our stories matter. April Feels Day 2019 was held at LOFT in Ortigas, and it was a […]

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May 13, 2019 - - No comments


Flicker in Young Star and more

A fun thing happened –the #romanceclassYA project that became Flicker was featured in Young Star! Author Angeli E. Dumatol and I were interviewed by Fiel Estrella, and the feature went online earlier this month. I asked Fiel if I could […]

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#romanceclass at your own pace

I get questions sometimes about how to join #romanceclass. The easiest way is to join an online class when I open one, and I announce on this site when I do. But an author can still join the community and […]

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“Mina” is ten years old

A ten-year-old name, that is. The entire year that I was going back and forth with my editor and publisher on what would be my first book, I was communicating using a different name. (They still call me by that […]

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March 29, 2019 - - No comments


See you at #AprilFeelsDay2019!

This is what we’re doing on April 27! April Feels Day is when we get to hang out as readers and authors, launch new #romanceclass books, recommend our faves, buy books/merch/art, and watch live readings from the books. Register here […]

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March 14, 2019 - - No comments


Kiss and Cry: Food stories

My books often have food mentions, especially the ones set in the Philippines. That’s just the kind of person (and writer) I am I guess…but Kiss and Cry taps into an entire range of food experiences that I associate with […]

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March 11, 2019 - - No comments


Kiss and Cry Q&A

Answering some questions I got on Instagram. Thank you for the Qs!

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February 25, 2019 - - No comments


Career update, or the value of a photo of a stack of your own books

My proof copy of Kiss and Cry arrived this week, and I’ve made a little thing out of taking a photo of my updated book stack like the one above. Not only is it a list of print books I […]

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February 13, 2019 - - No comments


romanceclass at CCP Pasinaya 2019

#romanceclass was at the CCP Pasinaya festival for the second time, and it was awesome. This is a yearly festival, and if you attend you get a schedule for three days of arts and culture from all over the country. […]

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February 9, 2019 - - No comments


Kiss and Cry (Six 32 Central #2)

Book description: Calinda met Ramirez when she was 20 and he was 22. She was the rising star of women’s skating, and he was the superstar forward of men’s hockey. Her parents and coach were against their relationship, and because […]

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February 2, 2019 - - 1 Comment


US trip 2019 as author and reader

Was in LA and Houston for a few days in January, and managed to make some bookish visits to places. My main stop in LA was The Ripped Bodice, an indie, romance-focused bookstore. It was my second time to visit […]

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January 27, 2019 - - No comments


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