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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[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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Just a day in May

First posted on Twitter, May 24. With some edits. Just figuring out what to do with this thing that I learned about myself, and other people. How to do things when your entire world had shifted ganern. I want to […]

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May 26, 2022 - - No comments


See You Under the Counter [short story]

One night, two beers, three songs. Open Mic Night at NomCom is usually great business for Feliz’s craft beer stall—except when a sudden downpour means everything’s canceled and everyone’s stranded. Ready for a slow and uneventful night, she gets unexpected […]

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May 16, 2022 - - No comments


Post-event: NBDB’s The Hows of Romance Writing

Last week, I moderated an online panel called The Hows of Romance Writing for NBDB, featuring authors Catherine Dellosa, Steno Padilla, and J.P. Adrian. A replay of the session (in English and Tagalog) can be viewed here: We had […]

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Scambitious: The Complete Series (new cover!)

Finally got around to putting this together, but here it is…my Young and Scambitious set of short stories, now published as Scambitious: The Complete Series. Scambitious: The Complete Series Jane likes to pretend to be other people. Don’t trust her […]

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April 17, 2022 - - No comments


Romance from Manila (Brisbane Writers Festival 2022 session, May 7)

I have a session at the Brisbane Writers Festival with Jodi McAlister and Kat Mayo, on May 7, details and registration page here. It’s called ”Romance from Manila” and I’m excited, because—if you’ve been following this blog forever—it does seem […]

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April 15, 2022 - - No comments


Interim Goddess of Love, with new art by Shai San Jose

I’ve been doing a series on the #RomanceClass Twitch channel that I’ve been calling ”publishing chika” — just a few minutes of talking after I do my writing sprints. The topic over the past few weeks has been releasing new […]

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March 30, 2022 - - No comments


Semi regular reminder that we are peers

This is a tweet I post, with slight variations, once in a while, and I did it again today: Here’s the “unrolled” thread: Pinoy literary dudes following this account: have you read a romance by a Filipino author lately? Do […]

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March 19, 2022 - - No comments


Julio, Manuel, and Alia (sort-of a series)

As I write this post, the lockdown in Metro Manila has been reclassified as ”alert level 1,” meaning there is pretty much no lockdown anymore. We have to wear masks, and access to most places requires a vaccination card, but […]

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March 5, 2022 - - No comments


#RomanceClass NomCom: A foodie romance anthology for charity

#RomanceClass is a community of Filipino authors of romance in English. This anthology features all-new romance short stories from 14 #RomanceClass authors. Each author was assigned a trope and a shared setting {the fictional Nomnom Commons Food Park in Ortigas, […]

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February 6, 2022 - - No comments


Reading Southeast Asia

I’ve probably mentioned the word “community” on this website a zillion times, because I think about it a lot. We’re often told that our stories are for a community; the idea of it permeates every part of the writing and […]

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January 24, 2022 - - No comments


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