#003: Alex C Gates – Making the leap to full-time, writing horror, and riding the BookBub wave.
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Alex C Gates is a loving husband, skilled educator, true Gryffindor, dragon-slayer, wizard of the highest order, defender of the realm, Cowboys fan, and connoisseur of cheap beer. He spent four years at California State University studying literature, watching football, and day drinking before obtaining a Master’s degree in Education from the University of Southern California.

At the time of recording this interview, his latest horror novel, The Demon of Decay, was a current bestselling Amazon horror title.

In this episode we go deep into:

  • How Dungeons ’n’ Dragons can stretch the creative muscle for writers
  • How Alex managed the move into full-time writing
  • Why it’s important to bring your significant other along with your journey
  • How to find success with BookBub
  • Why do people write horror?
  • Tips to stay focused when full-time
  • How to find an editor
  • Going analogue to plan your book
  • The benefits of being in anthologies
  • The importance of attending author events
  • Alex’s morning routine
  • Recommended podcasts for authors

Find out more about Alex C Gates:


IG& FB: @alexcgates

Links from the show:

Demon of Decay by Alex C Gates




Undead Tales: 15 Thrilling Tales by Molten Universe Media

Sell More Books Show

The Creative penn

Self-Publishing Show

The Career Author

Chris Fox’s Marketing series

Special thanks to :

Intro vocals: Persephone Rose

Show theme: Karl Hughes

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