Saturday, April 30, 2011

Fairy Tale Fail paperback giveaway - And the winner is...

Celester Mejia! Send mailing address to minavesguerra at gmail dot com please. :)

Thank you to everyone who participated, and to all those who write and share about having discovered Fairy Tale Fail.


This is how it happened:

Entries -

1 Christine Frencillo
2 Celester Mejia
3 Celester Mejia
4 Celester Mejia
5 Elaine Yeung
6 Raphael Mones
7 Raphael Mones
8 Chachic's Book Nook
9 Chachic's Book Nook
10 Chachic's Book Nook
11 Chachic's Book Nook
12 Chachic's Book Nook
13 Chachic's Book Nook
14 Lily Mae Dlr Sandoval
15 Lily Mae Dlr Sandoval
16 Celester Mejia
17 Chachic's Book Nook
18 Marie Mones
19 Mariz Galang My review for 'No Strings Attached' Under the name Riz =)
20 Mariz Galang Another review, but under the name 'Lore' for my real name 'Lorenza' :))
21 Lily Mae Dlr Sandoval
22 Lily Mae Dlr Sandoval
23 Christine Frencillo!/mstine15/status/59062723048251392
24 Lily Mae Dlr Sandoval
25 Lily Mae Dlr Sandoval
26 Tricia Gervacio

And this is what selected...

Monday, April 18, 2011

Fairy Tale Fail: Some facts and figures

On this day (or yesterday, in US time) in 2010, Fairy Tale Fail was made available for purchase on the Amazon Kindle Store. Some facts and figures related to this book:

  • Is Fairy Tale Fail based on the unbelievable true story of someone you know: Yes
  • First draft was finished in: September 2009 (Sooo different from published version)
  • Why is this plot familiar/derivative: Its structure was based on about 20 of the 31 narratemes (in proper sequence) of Vladimir Propp's Morphology of the Folktale. Chapter headers explaining this were removed later though.
  • Does the office building in the novel exist: Yes it's in Salcedo Village.
  • Did you name this character after me: If I went to high school with you, yes.
  • How many people did it take to put this together: 4. Me (author), an editor, a photographer, and a cover designer.
  • Did you pay any of them: Not at the time, but now my editor and photographer are getting a percentage of anything the book earns. The cover designer (my husband) legally owns half of anything I make anyway.
  • Ebooks sold in 1 year: Over 4,000
  • Paperbacks sold so far: Over 30

    Thank you, friends and readers, for making this such an excellent year. There's a lot still to be done to promote awareness about the book locally, but I'll find time to do that eventually.
  • Sunday, April 17, 2011

    Giveaway: Fairy Tale Fail paperback (Philippine residents only)

    This weekend marks the first year of Fairy Tale Fail's publication! It was originally an ebook on, but now it has a paperback version, which isn't available in local bookstores.

    To celebrate, I'm giving away one Fairy Tale Fail paperback to a Philippine resident. Details here on Facebook. You've got until April 23 to participate!

    Thank you for supporting Fairy Tale Fail this year! And I hope in the years to come. :)

    Thursday, April 7, 2011

    Where to find the books

    I've encountered this question enough times that I think it deserves its own post: Where can I find [your book]? This might sound strange, but by now I have four novellas out, and you likely won't be able to see all four side by side in the same bookstore. I appreciate so much the messages from people who've maybe read one and want to know where the others can be found, so here's a cheat sheet.

    The "traditionally published":

    My Imaginary Ex is published under Summit Books. It's in paperback for P150, and in theory can be found in bookstores like National, Powerbooks, Booksale, etc. But this first came out in 2009 and by now is a bit hard to find. But at least it's listed now on National Bookstore's site, so in case you can't find it on your regular mall trip there's another option for you. Buy the ebook for the PC, iPad, and Mac via Zinio.

    No Strings Attached was also published by Summit Books, and is also in paperback for P150. This is fairly new, published late 2010, and usually the bookstores have it on stock. Check out National, Powerbooks, Booksale, Fully Booked and your nearest mall magazine stand. You can also order it online via the National Bookstore site, and possibly have it shipped outside the Philippines. Buy the ebook for the PC, iPad, and Mac via Zinio. And now there's a Kindle edition!

    The "indies":

    Fairy Tale Fail is self-published, and you will not be seeing this in local bookstores but if you've got a credit card (and you don't mind reading ebooks) then this will be easier to find. It's on Amazon ($0.99 US, $2.99 Asia-Pacific), and can be read not just on Kindles but on PCs, Macs, iPhones, iPods, iPads, Blackberry phones and Android phones. So go ahead and read it with your gadget of choice! If you have Paypal then it's easier (and cheaper) to get it from Smashwords. If you have a Nook, you can also get it from Barnes & Noble and Goodreads. If you prefer the Apple iBookstore, it's there too. Get it on Flipreads if you're in the Philippines and prefer paying through non-credit card means.

    If you MUST have the paperback, yes it's available on Amazon ($7.99). But if you're in Metro Manila or the Philippines, you can also order one from me (if there's stock) for P350, just visit my Multiply store.

    Love Your Frenemies is also self-published, and you can get the paperback from Amazon ($7.99). Or me, for P350 plus shipping. Get the ebook from Amazon ($0.99 US, $2.99 Asia-Pacific), Smashwords ($0.99), Barnes & Noble, Goodreads, the Apple iBookstore and Flipreads. In the Philippines? Get the paperback from my Multiply store.

    Interim Goddess of Love is available on Amazon ($0.99 US, $2.99 Asia-Pacific). Buy the tiny paperback from Multiply (P300).