Someone hurry up and tell Angela!

Someone needs to let Angela know that she can now pay for a 2018 spot on Inc. 5000.

Just fill out those forms Angie, and drop $175 down to have another fake ‘award’ for your fake life.

 

How about a testimonial for you folks, too?

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Have you seen this horrific article in Washingtonian about her? https://www.washingtonian.com/2017/11/03/can-angela-lauria-make-a-self-help-author-and-life-coach-out-of-anyone-who-can-afford-her-15000-fee/ I went to college with her (GW). Later she turned back up in my orbit when a great friend of mine who had released an e-book through her told me about what a scam it all was. That friend has since passed away, and I remain completely disgusted about the scam. The reason I searched her name today was that I saw a seriously vomitous youtube commercial today by Lauria. I am SO glad you have started this site. I feel awful for my late friend who was duped (and she was a very smart and talented person so if she could be taken in it's very serious). Anyway, thank you for trying to get the word out about her. Best, Anonymous

Hurt January 26, 2018

Angela in the news

A tip of the hat to the anonymous crusader that sent me the following link.

Oddly enough, Scamgela doesn’t link it on her website, but the November 2017 Washingtonian posted an article entitled “Can This Woman Make a Self-Help Author and Life Coach Out Anyone Who Can Afford Her $15,000 Fee?

Seems like the rest of the world is starting to doubt the benefits of paying her $15,000 to self-publish a book.

Some quotes from the article I love:

Lauria, 44, looks a bit like Liza Minnelli if Liza went platinum and got a fauxhawk. Her 16,000-square-foot home—where she lives with her husband and son—has eight bedrooms, a panoramic view of the Potomac River, and an indoor swimming pool.

For another $35,000, she offers an upgrade that gives writers a year of Lauria’s marketing work, a dedicated editor (most manuscripts need a line edit, but some require, in Lauria’s words, a “holy shit” edit), and a print version of their book released by her own publishing house, Difference Press. Dozens of titles, Lauria says, have made it into chains including Barnes & Noble and Target.

With all her flair, it may seem as if Lauria is selling cubic zirconia.

But for now, at least from 4 to 5 today, the nine books being released are downloadable for free. That’s why most will hit number one in some category on Amazon. It’s also why so many of Lauria’s authors refer to themselves as “bestselling.”

“There is a bestseller in every category in every given hour,” says DC literary agent Gail Ross, whose clients include Eric Holder and Jonathan Chait. “Especially if you give that book away for an hour.”

Lauria and her eating-up-the-stage presence border on camp, like Christopher Guest sending up a Tony Robbins “Unleash the Power Within” seminar. For more than two hours, she brings her authors onstage for an Access Hollywood–type interview

It’s the nonstop patter of a QVC host—which is to say Lauria’s resting heart rate. This is the woman who wrote her latest, Make ’Em Beg to Publish Your Book: How to Reach a Larger Audience & Make a Full-Time Income in the Extremely Overcrowded World of Personal Development, on a weeklong cruise down the Danube. (Asked how the book was doing, Lauria was dodgy. “The answer is thousands,” she e-mailed, “but there are so many variables, we would literally need a three-hour meeting to define terms.”) “If everything we’ve talked about in this book doesn’t light a fire under the publisher’s ass to pick you,” she says in Make ’Em Beg, “it’s time to go nuclear.”

Going nuclear, in Incubator parlance, is self-publishing.

More lies and self-promotion fud

Being subscribed to Scamgela’s email list is truly a fascinating study on just how the mind of a scammer and narcissist works. I just wish people would do their own independent research, rather than blindly trust what she says. Remember, she wants your money, and will say anything to get as much of it as possible regardless of how easily refuted it is.

Example:

Proving yet another false ‘best seller’

One would assume that a “best seller” would garner more than 28 views. And I’m curious how Amazon ranks her book at #183,011, yet somehow that means it’s a best seller?

Angela does have a weak vocabulary, perhaps she isn’t aware of the actual definition.

best·sell·er
ˌbestˈselər
noun
noun: best-seller
  1. a book or other product that sells in very large numbers.

Nothing she has written or published has ever shown up on the New York Times’ Best Sellers list – I’ve been checking and searching, but keep coming up with zero,

And she wouldn’t be a narcissist without always telling some tale of her life in every email – it’s never about the people she actually “publishes”.

And this one is great, I laughed a solid 10 minutes after reading it:

BWAHAHAH. Only a small number of actual authors are regularly recognized and approached in public, and ZERO publishers are. If she’s supposedly being stopped for selfies, then something is amiss. Because it should always be about you, the author, and not the ego of the publisher. I’ve searched through Instagram and Twitter and can’t find anyone having taken a ‘selfie’ with her and posted it. And honestly, if you look at all the pics she posts – her hair freshly dyed and coiffed, 3 inches of foundation packed into her wrinkles, and then saw her in person you’d keep on walking.

Hopeful authors, remember; email updates, videos, etc should always be focusing on you or other authors – never the publisher. If she’s doing her job correctly, she should be invisible. Instead, every email, every video, contains Angela talking about Angela, with the occasional mention of one of her authors thrown in to somehow try to connect it. Angela cares about 2 things – 1. Angela and 2. Money, that’s why she’s always talking about herself and is willing to go so far as to exploit her son and drag her father’s name through the mud to try to prove to you that somehow she’s legit.

And really, if she was legit, then there wouldn’t be 41 upvotes in 24 hours to my Quora answer to the question “What is the biggest scam you’ve ever seen?

Just some food for thought – be careful out there, behind every legit publisher, there’s 9000 Angela’s just waiting to talk you out of your retirement.