Angela vs. People Who Know What They Are Doing

Pretend-Doctor Angela Lauria (Pretend because EGS isn’t accredited in the US so the title is illegal to use [Sidebar: You know your school is janky with the President of it has a Q&A and actually doesn’t answer the question]) paints a very seductive picture of her services. That’s to be expected though, as folks with Narcissistic Personality Disorder are masters of gaslighting and pulling you onto their side.

But does Angela deliver?

I’ll let you be the judge. I’m going to show you a triptych of manuscripts right from the writers themselves, the final copy sent to Angela for publishing. Then I’ll show you some things from the publisher that published one of my books – fair comparison, right?

 

But first, here’s another thing that shows just how unqualified Angela Lauria is when it comes to ‘coaching’. She calls them books, but by and large they aren’t. If you average the page count of everything she’s published, it comes out to 117. That isn’t a book.

A book isn’t a book unless it contains a minimum of 60,000 words or 240 pages. What Scamgela badgers people into submitting is considered by actual publishers that actually went to school for this as either ‘short stories’ or ‘novellas’. Mostly novellas, between 7,500 and 40,000 words.

Anyway, here’s what all that money you spent gets you:

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DO YOU SEE THAT SHIT?!

Three books. Three ENTIRELY DIFFERENT FORMATS! What an absolute shit show. Angela Lauria of the The Author Incubator is so completely disorganized, so horribly unqualified for what she does, that she can’t even give people who spent thousands of dollars – literally put their future on the line – a style guide! Considering how she farms out every single thing about the publishing bit to other people – what in the hell does she actually do?

Oh, right, narcissist; she’s busy trying to illegally cram “Dr.” onto everything she can, hosting a web page that opens with nothing but a picture of her, writing horrible emails (That I still get. Angela, darling, stop trying to remove me. It won’t work, dummy.), and hosting horrible webcasts.

Angela’s ACTUAL job is to convince the world that Angela is important.

She doesn’t really have time for silly old you.

Now, the other side:

I’ve written several books. Most have been technical. No one has ever asked me for a dime.

The last book, I was paid $3,000.00 up front for it. Well, paid isn’t the right word – I was given an advance of $3,000 from future royalties. So I wouldn’t get another dime until my royalties went beyond that initial $3,000. That’s pretty much the defacto standard way things are done in the publishing world.

So, after the contracts were signed and everyone was in agreement I was sent what is colloquially known as the ‘authoring bundle’. It looks like this:

What you’re looking at is a collection of files that do several things:

  1. Explain to a new (or returning) author the particular layout and formatting this publisher uses
  2. Contains actual Word templates that ensure you’re using the correct font, heading sizes, table of content style, etc
  3. Reminds the author of the deadline and page count agreed upon – as well as the timeline, when each chapter was expected
  4. Includes actual tools to help translate a rough draft you already have into the publishers preferred format
  5. Includes a sample of the style of writing they are expecting from you, sample prefaces, sample bios, etc

This is to the benefit of both parties. By sending each chapter when I’m done with it I get quick feedback that I can immediately incorporate going forward, the publisher gets a standard format that they can use their tools against, and everything is done on time and without needless calls or emails back and forth.

When the book is finished, it gets pored over by:

  1. Reviewers – 3 – 12 people
  2. A Development Editor
  3. Technical Editor
  4. Indexer
  5. Proofreader
  6. Back to me for revision
  7. Go back to step 1.

Remember, I didn’t pay them for any of this – they paid me!

Here’s what how the template for my last book looked:

The template goes on for 17 pages covering every style type that I could ever imagine.

So when I wrote – I just wrote. I didn’t need to worry myself about how the list should look, or chapter titles (That’s something I supply in my initial overview I provide), margins, indents, nothing. I let the template do its magic.

I explained and showed all this to Angela, and she was too arrogant to understand it!

For all the money YOU spent, your book is going from Angela, to ‘some guy’, to the FREE Kindle Desktop Publishing suite to Amazon. Oh, she does spend like $400 on some bulk ISBNs, even though it’s completely pointless to do since none of them are ever physically published (She doesn’t even understand the purpose behind ISBN!!!)

Due to her complete lack of any formal formatting, things like this happens – a lot:

 

So, please, if you really want to just throw your money away then do it by buying my completely fake book (100% 5 star reviews!) or help me out on Patreon. One of my goals there includes hiring a private detective to tail Angela for 48 hours (Though I’ll probably have it done anyway).

As a final thought – ask these questions to yourself:

  1. How many of the authors that she has published have actually made a name for themselves OUTSIDE of her constant emails?
  2. How many publishers have a web page that opens with a (heavily airbrushed) picture of the founder above the fold? (“Above the fold” – another term Angela doesn’t know, is used to denote articles or text that would be seen first in a newspaper – because its ‘above the fold’ of the paper)
  3. How many other publishers claim an almost 100% bestseller for all their authors?

If you happen to get Angela on the phone, or during one of her webcasts, be sure to ask her

  1. What in the fuck is this, and how did you get a PhD in it when it’s not even offered at that diploma mill?

And a new drinking game!

Watch Angela’s videos and every time you hear her referred to as a “Doctor” take a shot. You’ll be drunk within 10 minutes.

In the United States, and Miss Manners agrees, Doctor is a title for a medical professional. Miss Manners’ father used to say that a PhD was like a nose – “you don’t make a fuss about having one because you assume that everyone does; it’s only when you don’t have one that it’s conspicuous”. And Scamgela is awfully conspicuous about it, no?

 

The many emails of Angela Lauria

We do the fact checking, so you don’t have to!

Angela Lauria of the Author Incubator sure sends out a ton of emails, doesn’t she? Virtually every day, and sometimes more. And among the grammatical errors, run on sentences, and incorrect article use, she manages to sprinkle in some wonderful clickbait-y subjects. Hilariously, they are very easy to check up on.

November 17, 2017 – Angela sends out an email with the subject of “I need to take this post down…”. Here is that post (Highlighting by me):

Wow – that means you better act fast, right? I mean, she’s going to get rid of it and you’ll be missing out!

Oh, never mind, it’s still up and you can see it right here. (As of November 25, 2017)

And this huge response she generated is impressive – especially considering how many views it has gotten!

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Upcoming changes, rewards and Angela’s Oddities

Friends,

We’ve got some changes coming up – mainly to do with the layout of our site. We’ll be updating to something a little cleaner and easier on the eyes.

We’re also implementing a proper form that allows you to tell us your story with 100% complete anonymity.

And speaking of telling us – we are now offering a couple rewards.

$25 – For all audio recordings between you and Angela wherein the true pricing of her “services” are mentioned. Confidentiality guaranteed – your voice will be masked.

$1000 – If you’re one of the people Angela ‘published’, and realized you were royally ripped off, well here’s a chance to tell your story. This one will have to be public, sadly. Done through Skype, interview style, no more than 45 minutes.

Email [email protected] if you’d like to participate.

We’ve also added an RSS feed and a ‘subscribe by email’ function – see the sidebar for details!

And now onto Angela’s Oddities

So as part of our complete expose, we’ve begun cursory background checks on Ms. Angela Elizabeth Lauria and her husband Paul Brycock. We’ve barely gotten started and already a few things make us feel ‘something isn’t right here’.

At the bottom of her emails she now lists “The Castle” in McLean, VA.

This address is an 8,406 square foot home retailing for around $9,000,000.

And…. she rents it. Not owns. It’s actual owner is CEDAR MEDICAL LLC as seen here:

There’s an interesting article about that place.

Her website actually says that the address is in Washington DC, and if you look it up – yup, that’s her ACTUAL place:

Does it not seem a tad odd that she would boost about a place she rents from time to time? Also, it’s $75,000/month to rent it and guess who’s paying for it – you!
Or maybe she pays for it with the business loan she took out in 2/2016 – not sure yet.

Her education is also in question.

We won’t (yet) even touch the “European Graduate School” or the fact that the title of “Doctor” for a person that holds a PhD is historically not used the way she is using it – but it certainly does make her sound super credible, right? And unfortunately said school doesn’t even have a postdoctoral course in “Communication”.

And her George Washington degrees? Well, that’s up for debate. The Student Clearinghouse offers provides immediate education verification for a staggering number of schools going as far back as the 1980s. So we gave it our credit card, put in Angela’s supposed info and:

Yikes. “Pending School Reasearch”. Which means they can’t find her, and have to contact the school and have them manually research her alleged credentials. And yes, we received the same status for both of her listed degrees. Seems odd to us.

There’s also the issue that we can’t seem to find “The Author Incubator”, “Becoming Journey” or “Difference Press” as actually being a registered company – but we haven’t hit all states yet. She seems to have a lot of ties to Connecticut, so maybe there.

 

And finally, we end with a trio of testimonials thanking us for our work.

Just writing this thank you note.

Yep ! The video of Angela… Dr. Angela was pretty convincing, right choice of words… oh la la…

Thank God there is internet and people willing to take precious time to create a website that would help seekers find answers.

You destroyed my ‘bubble’ pretty quickly, but I’m very thankful.

Have a great day.

PS : I do appreciate that you expose without using a bitter attitude. Plain facts and testimonies. Double thanks.

 

This one, with a subject of “Saved by the bell”, raises some good points:

Hi!

I came across the Author Incubator as a sponsored ad on my Facebook page. I’m a new writer and have liked or saved many interesting posts for furthering my research into the process of writing and getting published. By a real, honest publisher. I’m not looking for Random House here, just someone who can help me in the process.

So I clicked and read and watched her video and got to the application process. It was interesting that they asked for the following because I hadn’t gotten to the point of giving a synopsis of my book idea, hadn’t thought about my author bio (who does that before the book is even written?) and wasn’t about to give a writing sample until I spoke with someone.

That said, I pondered this process overnight and decided to do a little sleuthing this morning. That’s when I found your websites. I just typed in “is Author Incubator a scam” and got your site. Very interesting information. As I go through this writing process, I’m finding I need to have on my BS detection system at all times. And I find that sad.

But luckily for me – no money changed hands.  I wasn’t deluded into thinking she would make me a $1M and know that my books inside me will be written while staying true to my principles. Ones that don’t include giving people money for things I can figure out myself. The one thing I think is disgusting is how they use the idea of changing the world as one of their manipulation tactics. Maybe they do just want to have a stable of books that showcase that resource. But to me it’s more likely that they use it as a ploy.

Thanks so much for your site. It reinforced my instincts. Nice to know they are dead on with this scam.

This one is short and sweet and really makes us happy:

I was in the “free” webinar tonight and my mind began to wander…so I did what I always do on webinars–I went to Google (lol).  Then, I typed in AuthorIncubator Reviews and your site popped up.

After reading two pages of your website, I turned off the webinar and closed out the tab on my computer that contained my application.  You saved me from getting scammed; and, I am forever grateful.
Realistically, we’ll never ‘bring her down’. That’s not our goal. We’re here for the skeptical folks, the ones that just want to hear about it from another source. And, oddly, there isn’t anyone actually posting anything about them – well, nothing positive. Plenty of negatives, but she loves sending out those Cease and Desist letters. Funny thing is, we don’t plan to stop.
Anyway, we exist because the truth needs to be laid bare. Backed up with as much evidence as possible and displayed before the world for full disclosure. We’re not trying to tell you what to think, we’re just presenting facts.
And we’re hitting her in the wallet.

Angela Lauria’s Thanksgiving Broadcasts

According to Angela “90% of people want to write a book”. Her source? Not cited, of course. But I did find something similar – a 2002 New York Times OpEd by Joseph Epstein.

To quote the author:

According to a recent survey, 81 percent of Americans feel they have a book in them — and that they should write it. As the author of 14 books, with a 15th to be published next spring, I’d like to use this space to do what I can to discourage them.

Before I had first done so, writing a book seemed a fine, even grand thing. And so it still seems — except, truth to tell, it is a lot better to have written a book than to actually be writing one. Without attempting to overdo the drama of the difficulty of writing, to be in the middle of composing a book is almost always to feel oneself in a state of confusion, doubt and mental imprisonment, with an accompanying intense wish that one worked instead at bricklaying.

A funny thing. If you managed to stomach Angela’s little broadcasts, you’ll hear her talk about dieting and all the books she read about all the things she tried. The video is here, fast forward to about the 6:30 mark.
Now, what did she try? “Psychoanalysis, a course in miracles, church, past life regression, crystal therapy, body love, medium readings, playing with fire. Here’s the slide – I can’t make this shit up:

How crazy people lose weight
Angela Lauria’s insanity about weight loss

If you listen, there’s no where she states actually having read any books on actually dieting. You know, real diets. Even the fad ones like Atkins would work.

Do you seriously want to give this person tens of thousands of dollars?

Do you want to take the advice and help of someone who is deluded, who lies to you about ‘best selling books published’, when her own book has next to no one buying it?!

Someone that twists the facts:

More twisted facts from Angela Lauria

While the video itself states there have been “1.1k views“, and the rest of the videos say the same, to state “thousands have been tuning in” is misleading – it’s written to make it appear as many more people have viewed it then they really have. Someone non-biased would state “over 1000”, which is more accurate.

All of her clients “have their books finished within 90 days”. That means there’s no proofreading, no one fact checking, none of that. You’re giving her money to fund her lavish lifestyle while she essentially hounds you with ‘Are you finished yet?!’

Don’t believe me? Stay tuned – I will present to you several original rough drafts sent to her for publishing. Drafts so bad, that I had to spend 3 hours literally re-writing it to make it have some semblance of structure.

And now she pushes that the only reason you write a book is to bring in more customers to your business. That is absurd. She is a scourge of the publishing industry – you don’t write books to sucker people into your business. You write because you have to. You’re compelled to. You write because you honestly can’t NOT write.

She proudly links to press articles, like her ‘#285 Fastest Growing Company on Inc.Com“. Thing is, that list is a joke. Did you want to get on it? Just fill out the 2 page application and boom, there you are. Private companies don’t have to disclose any information, so everything listed is all made up – just like everything else about her.

 

I am working on a documentary about this modern snake oil salesman. In it, we plan to dig very deeply and reveal all of the skeletons in her closet.

Want to be part of it? You can! Simply donate to my cause over on Patreon – the funds received go directly into extra costs involved with exposing her lies.