Interview with Ezbon Lobaton

How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
I know Smashwords will help me to be succeed in the future, as I've written my first eBook and want to publish for the first time.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I want to share ideas with my friends on how to handle finances.
What's the story behind your latest book?
Hi! I'm working as overseas foreign worker here in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. As an OFW I'm interested in sharing how to handle finances with my fellow Filipinos here in Saudi. My eBook entitle "How to Become Financially Smart?" is for my fellow Filipinos working abroad, topics are more on savings, budgeting, investments, handling money, insurance & etc.,
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
I feel complete while I'm writing, and inspired every time I think of other people needs to have an idea about finances.
What do your fans mean to you?
They are like my siblings, whatever questions they asked I make it sure I can give them answer with my all knowledge.
What are you working on next?
I'm working on another eBook, maybe about "how to budget" in relation to my first eBook chapters.
Who are your favorite authors?
Robert Kiyosaki & Warren Buffet
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
My family (wife and little sons-one year old), also my families/relative in Philippines.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I'm doing chores in the house, playing basketball every weekend and most of all spend time with my family.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
Thru internet website and recommendations of my friends.
What is your writing process?
I make an outline for chapters I want to be in my eBook, after that reading some references related to my topics.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
Yes, the story about the book from Rich Dad Poor Dad. In that book I realized the difference of the mindset of a rich and poor, how they manage their money.
How do you approach cover design?
I ask help with my friend to do it for me, but I need a cover who speaks more than what my eBook content.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
Mobile phones and iPad.
Describe your desk
No papers, before I go out in my office I'll make sure that everything is clean.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in Manila, the capital city of the Philippines. If you are living in Manila, different people are there, they are from other provinces in Philippines looking for a job. They live there because they need a job and get education.
When did you first start writing?
I write blogs or short article during my college days.
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
Most of the books is about internet marketing. I'm really amazed how you optimize your page to get more traffic and sales.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
I wrote about the student who wants to be millionaire someday, while studying he always look for opportunity to make money.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
Rich Dad Poor Dad
Business Adventures
Trading Code

I'm interested in business, investment, finance and most specially trading in stock market.
Published 2017-08-06.
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Books by This Author

56 Money Saving Tips
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 3,920. Language: English. Published: August 21, 2017. Categories: Nonfiction » Business & Economics » Personal finance / money management
You will learn below money saving tips: Report Sections 1. Smart Shopping 2. Around the House 3. For Your Car 4. Cutting out Unnecessary Spending
15 Top Ways To Save Money
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 10,610. Language: English. Published: August 20, 2017. Categories: Nonfiction » Business & Economics » Personal finance / budgeting
Every day we are bombarded with messages telling us how to save money. Zero percent down, half off and two for one are commonplace announcements blasted at us through television, radio and billboards. As relentless as these commercials are the reality is that very few of these solicitations will actually save us money.
How to Become Financially Smart?
Price: Free! Words: 6,000. Language: English. Published: August 10, 2017. Categories: Nonfiction » Business & Economics » Personal finance / money management
This eBook contains information that is intended to help the readers become knowledgeable in handling their finances. The information presented is general in nature. Topics in this eBook are about budgeting, saving, defining bad debt and good debt, emergency fund, stock market, mutual funds, real estate and insurance.