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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Currently #4

1. I’m always thinking of new projects for our books, but periodically as I’m reminded that our world is on fire and our systems are failing us, I end up pausing those so I can do other things. That new […]

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August 20, 2022 - - No comments


[Publishing Advice] On printers

In Part 2: Printer pros and cons (posted in 2014), I go through various printing options and then give cost estimates for each. Today, I really will just recommend print-on-demand. Especially if you’re self-publishing in the Philippines. Especially if you’re […]

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August 14, 2022 - - No comments


[Publishing Advice] An intro to this updated version

I have an account on Wattpad (MinaVE) and it’s somewhat popular, but not exactly for my fiction. In 2014 I started posting advice for writers (mostly publishing-related) over there, and in Tagalog/English. I always try to be on the side […]

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August 12, 2022 - - 1 Comment


Q: Where are the opportunities for us to write about non-Filipinos? A: Everywhere.

I wrote this thread on Twitter in June 2022, and will now add it here. Someone asked on Twitter something like, where are the opportunities for authors who happen to be Filipino but don’t write about Filipinos in their fiction? […]

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August 10, 2022 - - No comments


Currently #3

I’m feeling better! It’s great to be able to say that. I may have celebrated by…wearing lipstick and taking a photo of myself. These are the little celebrations I can do at home lol. 1. I watched The Sandman and […]

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August 8, 2022 - - No comments


Comparing my kids 2022 edition

Still exploring the new KDP report system and one of the first things I did was rank my books according to units sold. This is not the first time I’ve “compared my kids” but still, a disclaimer: I have different […]

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Currently #2

It has been a week. I’ve had to spend it either sick (yes covid for the first time) or taking care of family members who need health/medical attention, and have had to manage everything while isolated. Today was another busy […]

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August 3, 2022 - - No comments


Currently #1

I’m starting this series of posts because I’ve been rethinking which parts of social media should I be putting the little things I do that are not yet its own Big Topic. A few weeks ago I had decided it […]

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July 27, 2022 - - No comments


Cover Reveal! Kilig (romance komiks anthology by RomanceClass and Komiket)

Remember when I posted about possibly creating romance comics??? We started this collab with a briefing via Zoom in December 2021, did an online “speed dating” pairing up artists and authors (who needed pairing) in January 2022, and then did […]

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July 3, 2022 - - No comments


Love Your Frenemies (with cover art by huhsmile)

I’ve always said Love Your Frenemies has a special place in my heart and it remains true even after writing more books that I too love. Love Your Frenemies was difficult to write, but I felt I needed to do […]

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[Short non-fiction] Dear love of my life

This was written in 2017 and sent to the subscribers of Aurora M. Suarez’s newsletter. Sharing now in memory of my Lola Z, who passed away on June 20.

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June 23, 2022 - - No comments


Podcast Episode: Writing Heat Level 3 When You’re Filipino

Here’s my script from my intro to this #RomanceClass Podcast episode that I hosted, about writing heat level 3 (on-page sex) in romance: This episode is called Writing Heat Level 3 or writing on-page sex, When You’re Filipino. On the […]

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