romanceclass is a community of authors and readers who gather together to support indie published contemporary romance written by Filipino authors. Whether they’re a reader or an author, all community members have their romanceclass origin story… various stories of how and when they joined the community. romanceclass origins is a blog feature that highlights these origin stories.
Visit the earlier romanceclass origins posts here. Please help me in welcoming Veron of Brain Tabs as she shares how she first found out about romanceclass! For the first time, someone said they discovered the group because of my recommendation. Isn’t that awesome? 😀
1) How did you discover romanceclass?
I first discovered Mina V. Esguerra’s books from here at Chachic’s Book Nook! Chachic reviewed Fairy Tale Fail and upon reading that book, I became a fan of Mina V. Esguerra’s books. I subscribed to her newsletter and got notified of sign-ups for book promos, writing classes, and author events, among many other things. I joined the #SparkNA writing class in 2015 to accompany my friend, Clare Elisabeth Marquez. It was from there that we got wind of April Feels Day. Clare and I attended that event and I was overwhelmed (in a good way) of how so many people are passionate about the community – which is romanceclass.
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I am a Librarian and though I would love to just read all day, my work actually requires more than that. Reading then is my reprieve from my busy life. It's my quiet time when I am introverting. Last year, I started a blog where I write reviews for Filipino-authored books that I've read. I also do freelance editing/proofreading for the #romanceclass community. My first work is for the book I'm holding in this photo. #daretoshareIGchallenge
2) What does being part of the romanceclass community mean to you?
Some may find this ironic since I’m a librarian, but while I’ve always loved reading, I’ve never been part of a bookish club. I didn’t even know I needed one, but romanceclass was a gift and it keeps on giving. I’ve started as a reader, then a lurker online, and now I do manuscript editing/proofing for some authors. For many authors, romanceclass encouraged them to make their writing dreams come true. Being an editor/proofreader on my part, enables me to transform a weakness – nitpicking – into a strength. I still am honing the skill of turning negative comments to constructive feedback. I’ve also been told many times before that I am too feminist for my own good. I found like-minded and strong-willed women in this community though, which made me feel that somehow, I belong.
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To do content editing, one must be an actual reader of the genre you're working on. In my case, it helped that I joined a writing class in 2015. That made me realize I'm not into writing. The words in me are just not enough. I learned a lot about techniques that authors use there, but I still need to be familiar to more meet-cutes, tropes, what works, and what doesn't. So I use the Kindle app on my phone and sneak read my ebooks anywhere. Here's a peek at my #romanceclass collection. Have you read any of these? #daretoshareIGchallenge
3) What are your recommended romanceclass reads?
Chic Manila Series by Mina V. Esguerra
Feels Like Summer and Beginner’s Guide by Six de los Reyes
Keep The Faith by Ana Tejano
You Out of Nowhere and Songs to Make You Stay by Jay E. Tria
Scandalized and Like Nobody’s Watching by Tara Frejas
Dare To Love and Bucket List To Love by C.P. Santi
If the Dress Fits and The Queen’s Game by Carla De Guzman
Prom Queen Perfect and Keeping the Distance by Clarisse David
Finding X by Miles Tan
All’s Fair in Blog and War by Chrissie Peria
The Real Score by Kesh Tanglao
Chasing Waves by Bianca Mori
Simply Joei by Clare Elisabeth Marquez
Poetry Books by Dawn Lanuza and Layla Tanjutco
Hope you enjoyed hearing about Veron’s romanceclass journey. I love how she had tons of book recs for all of us. Incidentally, the romanceclass event Veron mentioned earlier (April Feels Day) will be held this Saturday! Really looking forward to it. Check out the details below. Last I heard all the registration slots have been taken but some slots may free up in the coming days or on the day itself.