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

Your Place Next Year (cover and buy links)

So pleased to share the cover and buy links for YOUR PLACE NEXT YEAR! Out November 26! Book description: Alia Monterojo may be the country director of one of the largest consulting firms in Manila, but she absolutely doesn’t want […]

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November 13, 2021 - - No comments


#FeelsFest2021 on October 23!

Yes there is a #RomanceClass online event this month! It’ll be on October 23, 4 PM PHT on our Twitch channel, We’ll have: NEW BOOKS/STORIES/ANTHOLOGIES/EDITIONS/COVER REVEALS by Mina V. Esguerra (me!), Celestine Trinidad, Bianca Mori, Carla de Guzman, Clare […]

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October 14, 2021 - - No comments


Romance Komiks: Yes? Now? Yes.

We’ve talked about this for years, and now we’ve taken steps to start. #RomanceClass as a community supports romance genre content pretty much across all media. I watch Filipino romcom movies, a bunch of us follow romance K-dramas, we groupwatch […]

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October 5, 2021 - - No comments


My books in libraries, 2021 edition

These are libraries in the United States, Canada, the Philippines, and Australia that have my books. This is a bit of a zoom into North America, which has most of the libraries listed because their catalogs are searchable through WorldCat […]

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October 1, 2021 - - No comments


A new (little) book from me in 2021, after all!

So the writing sprints with friends, and eventually with strangers via a Twitch stream…seem to have worked? I finished the first draft of my new novelette Your Place Next Year. Yay!  I wrote a lot of this via a weekly […]

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September 17, 2021 - - No comments


#RomanceClass: The guidelines, an intro, a 2021 video lecture

Romance Class

It’s August 2021 and as of right now I know that we won’t be doing #RomanceClass anytime soon. But the guidelines “textbook” that I give to the class (that I use to write my own books still) is available, and […]

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August 19, 2021 - - No comments


January to June #MinaReadThisIn2021

Even though I’ve been sharing my reading year for several years now, I think this is the first time that I looked at it in terms of months. And whoa, I’m really seeing which months I had the energy to […]

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August 13, 2021 - - No comments


#KiligCafe Aug 11 – Thinking about word counts

I did another #KiligCafe writing sprint today and look — it seems to work for me. I am always more ready to write when I share my schedule with people. I also explained why Wednesday 9 AM is my preferred […]

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August 11, 2021 - - No comments


Writing regularly (I hope) with #KiligCafe sprints

I’m writing again! And if you want to write along with me, I’ll be live-streaming my writing sprints once a week. Go follow RomanceClass on Twitch at so you’ll be notified when we’re doing live streams. I happen to […]

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August 3, 2021 - - No comments


Pleasure to Meet You [short story]

As a favor to her sister (producer of cable dating show A Pleasure To Meet You), Natasha agrees to appear on an episode and discovers she’s going on a date with the creator of her favorite amateur pottery channel on […]

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July 17, 2021 - - No comments


Interim Goddess of Love 2021 edition

Update, June 30: The illustrated edition is now available on Gumroad at! Content Notes 2021 On HEA/HFN: This book is a young adult coming-of-age trilogy and establishes several possible love interests for main character Hannah. There is a Happy […]

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June 15, 2021 - - No comments


Heat Levels (where we are in 2021)

We’re doing a #RomanceClass lecture on Heat Levels on Saturday, and I’d like to share a timeline of how we’ve started writing sex scenes. Just to illustrate that it’s good to constantly evaluate our position and advice on this and […]

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