Sometimes people send me questions, after reading some posts on my site. Usually the questions are similar, so I’ll post my answers here.

Q: As an author, do you have to register as a business? (DTI, BIR, etc)

A: It depends on what your goals are. You can register as an author with the National Book Development Board, and get certain benefits and protection. If your goals as an author mean you encounter businesses that require paperwork and a registration, then yes, do register.

Q: Is Bright Girl Books your imprint?

A: Yes, but mostly for metadata and easier searching of my romance books.

Q: How does Amazon pay?

A: Through bank transfer. I will not be endorsing any sites that handle your money (because it’s your money and any decisions on signing up for a financial service should be yours alone after doing research).

Q: Do you hire an editor?

A: Yes. (As of 2018 I have 2 editors and maybe 2 beta readers per manuscript, before I publish.) I have a list of editors whose contact information I can send, but they specialize in romance fiction. If you don’t write romance fiction, I suggest reaching out to indie authors in your genre, whose books you think are well-edited, and ask them who their editors are.

Q: When’s your next writing class?

A: I announce it on this site, and on Twitter @minavesguerra, and Facebook /minavesguerra. If you’re interested in writing contemporary romance in English, please read as many of my books and the books of other authors listed at as you can, before joining a class. This is what we do, and what I teach, and it’s best to join if you know that this is what you want to do.

Q: When’s your next publishing class?

A: I’ve put all publishing classes on hiatus. I will still do classes to help authors who wrote books through romanceclass (the textbook can be purchased here: I will not be teaching publishing of non-romance (and non-fiction) work anytime soon.

Q: Are your books in bookstores?

A: Yes. National Bookstore in the Philippines has 6 of my 20+ titles. A limited number are in stock in Mt. Cloud Bookshop in Baguio. The Ripped Bodice in LA carries all my international print editions, and can be ordered then picked up at the store.

Q: Can I just email you all my questions, instead of read through your website?

A: My email address is shared here, but I can’t promise a detailed answer to all emailed questions, especially if they’re very specifically about your career, your manuscript, your contract, your publisher. (And we don’t know each other at all, or just yet.)

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About Mina

Mina V. Esguerra writes and publishes romance novels. She founded #RomanceClass, a community of Filipino authors of romance in English.
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