Eric Marcelo


Eric is from the Philippines, living in Cagayan de Oro City in Mindanao and married with three kids. He is originally from the historic province of Bataan in Luzon and spent the first nine-and-a-half years of his life there.

How did Eric get into writing? He joined Toastmasters International back in 2003 and several speech evaluators said that he had a talent for storytelling. Since then, he's won speech contests and learned to conduct seminars and lectures. Storytelling was a big part of this so writing was the natural offshoot.

Apart from writing books, Eric has an automation consultancy, conducts trainings on public speaking, and formats and proofreads documents for publication as ebooks.

Smashwords Interview

When did you first start writing?
The first time would be the stories I shared in my Facebook page. I was thinking of how I could best use the Notes feature and decided I'd share stories. One day I decided to write a series of stories from my trip to Singapore. This was followed by more stories from my trips to India and Switzerland. When I discovered that a lot of my friends were actually reading these stories, the thought of publishing them came naturally. That's how my first book, Travel Mashups and Mishaps, came about.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
When I first decided to publish Travel Mashups and Mishaps, I wanted to go the traditional way. There was something magical about having a printed book with your name on it. I printed several reams of double-spaced manuscripts and sent them out to publishers. None of them replied except for one, who rejected the story. I even thought of sending manuscripts to publishers in the U.S. One of them accepted the story but wanted me to PAY THEM to print and distribute it. Out of curiosity, I asked for the price and the figure they mentioned was about six months of my salary. I was considering printing and distributing the book on my own until I came across Smashwords while browsing for tips on publishing. From them, I learned about ebooks and indie authors. After that, the decision was easy.
Read more of this interview.


God's Shower of Blessings
Price: $1.00 USD. Words: 1,880. Language: English. Published: October 28, 2017. Categories: Nonfiction » Inspiration » Personal inspiration
There are times when God's blessings seem so far away that people go into despair. Let me share with you my personal story about how obeying God and having faith brought me His promise of a shower of blessings.
Understandable and Memorable Presentations
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 12,420. Language: English. Published: June 2, 2017. Categories: Nonfiction » Education & Study Guides » Study guides - Public Speaking
Understandable and memorable -- these are your objectives when creating and delivering presentations. Whether you're a student making a presentation for school, an employee assigned by your boss to make a presentation, or a professional trainer, this book will help you create presentations that your audience can appreciate and remember.
Price: $2.49 USD. Words: 44,630. Language: English. Published: August 20, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Adventure » War & military adventure
It is 1944 and Germany is losing the Battle of the Atlantic. The Allied convoys are getting through and, soon, the Allies will be able to mount an assault on Occupied Europe. U-1215 is a new and secret German submarine, so secret that even Hitler doesn't know it exists. She is fast, silent, and deadly...and nuclear powered.
Price: $1.00 USD. Words: 7,140. Language: English. Published: July 28, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Historical » General
Tourists from all around have come to Hamelin to celebrate the 700th anniversary of the story that made her famous, The Pied Piper of Hamelin. Emiline encounters Pfeifer whom she believes is an actor hired by the mayor for the festival. All is not as it seems, however, as Emiline makes a discovery about Pfeifer that fills her with fear. Who is this man and why has he come to Hamelin?
Legend of the Moon
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 84,730. Language: English. Published: April 2, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure, Fiction » Historical » Medieval
John is an ordinary peasant living a carefree life with no worries about the future. A chance encounter leads him to Iole, whom he thinks is a witch, and tells him an intriguing situation: he must become a knight and lead an army to defeat an invading force. How does she know? Because she can see the future.
How to Create Clone Pictures with MS PowerPoint
Price: $1.00 USD. Words: 3,910. Language: English. Published: November 30, 2012. Categories: Nonfiction » Reference » Handbooks & Manuals, Nonfiction » Art, Architecture, Photography » Applied arts
Clone pictures, Multiplicity pictures, call them what you want. A picture with multiple copies (clones) of you or someone else is a great source of entertainment. Learn how to create your own clone pictures using MS PowerPoint with this how-to guide. Complete with detailed instructions and pictures, you can create your own clone pictures in 15 minutes or less. Try it!
Travel Mashups and Mishaps
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 29,400. Language: English. Published: June 18, 2011. Categories: Nonfiction » Biography » Personal memoir
(4.00 from 1 review)
This project started out as a series of Facebook Notes about my adventures during my travels to Singapore, India, Switzerland as well as my wanderings in and around the Philippines. Read about my being trapped in a cubicle in a restroom; surviving a harrowing ride in a car; a scary encounter in a strange room; how I met my wife; exciting plane rides and more.

Smashwords book reviews by Eric Marcelo

  • We Don’t Plummet Out of the Sky Anymore on April 06, 2012

    As a short story, it was a good, entertaining read. As a sci-fi story, there are a few "out-of-place" objects and concepts: a slide rule, a stylus-style record player—in an aerocar, and aerocar manufacturers who don't seem to be following safety regulations. The world seems to have regressed in this timeline. You've got skill, man. Write more and get better.
  • Deadend on May 28, 2012

    The story has it's ups and downs. Lots of missing punctuation, not much of a climax, and unrealistic reaction of the characters (my opinion). The story got interesting up until the main characters met the "strangers." If the story had happened to normal people, I've no doubt they would have tried to run. Instead they engage in friendly conversation. Sure, it's science fiction but I've always held on to the belief that we authors should try to make the story as believable as possible. I suggest you get beta-readers who will give you an honest opinion of your book so you can make improvements before publishing it. You've got some talent. 'Just needs to be developed.
  • The Secrets to Ebook Publishing Success on June 15, 2012

    The book's been updated since it was first published so the errors mentioned by Niall Teasdale have been corrected. The "secrets" are very helpful and taken from experiences by other successful authors. I think it can do with a little more tweaking to consolidate some of the points though. Four stars for me.
  • Seed of Life on Nov. 28, 2014

    'Got as far as Chapter 5. I was hopeful just before they left the palace on their flying boat but things began to get worse after that. The descriptions are a little too psychedelic (for want of a better word) and difficult to picture. The story itself seems interesting but the writing style defeated me. Sorry.