Eric Marcelo

Biography

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

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

Favorite authors: James Herriot, Tom Clancy, Michael Crichton, Stephen King and whoever will be the next favorite.

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, Funny Stories from My Travels, came about.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
When I first decided to publish Funny Stories, 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 it was as much as 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.
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Where to find Eric Marcelo online


Books

Hamelin
Price: Free! Words: 7,140. Language: English. Published: July 28, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Historical » General
Seven hundred years after the events described in the folktale of the Pied Piper, the town of Hamelin is celebrating the anniversary of the original story. But what if the story is true? What if the Pied Piper is real? And what if he came back?
Legend of the Moon
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 83,470. Language: English. Published: April 2, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure, Fiction » Historical » Medieval
Legend of the Moon is about John, an ordinary pheasant living a carefree life. Iole tells him he must become a knight so he could lead an army against an invading force and save his countrymen. Will John succeed in becoming a knight? Can he lead an army? Will he win the hand of Princess Luna? Who is Elsie? What is she? What is her real purpose in telling John about the future?
How to Create Clone Pictures with MS PowerPoint
Price: $1.00 USD. Words: 3,730. Language: English. Published: November 30, 2012. Categories: Nonfiction » Reference » Handbooks and 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!
Funny Stories from My Travels
Price: Free! Words: 29,420. Language: English. Published: June 18, 2011. Categories: Nonfiction » Biography » Personal memoir
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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.

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Smashwords book reviews by Eric Marcelo

  • Surviving the Fog on June 29, 2011

    I haven't finished the book but I must say that it's one of those that you don't want to put down. I was thinking it would be similar to The Fog or The Mist but this is totally different. There were several typos but they didn't take away anything from the story. Good job!
  • 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.