Every now and then I get emails from Kindle that look like this:
Notification that I have incoming royalties from my 100% blank book I put on sale over a year ago. Sure, it’s just one person buying it as a ‘thanks’ perhaps 3 times a year, but I still think it’s cool.
I also think it’s hilarious that it’s ranked #474 in the Human-Computer Interface Category.
So thanks guys, stuff like this always comes in right when I’m feeling like it’s all for nothing.
Let me just remind you of a sample book Angela calls a “#1 Bestseller” and that the author paid her a MINIMUM of $15,000:
I’m using one of best selling books in the list I’m currently tracking via KDSpy. A book Angela Lauria has called a “#1 Best Seller”.
Over 274 days tracked (Graph only shows the last 30 data points) the book has an estimated sales revenue of $609.
Someone paid $15,000 for Angela to publish a book that has made $609 dollars.
Hundreds of people have done it.
Occasionally I’m asked about the ‘success stories’ she posts. They are all paid for advertising. Don’t believe me? Look at this odd FTC Disclosure that shows up at the bottom of the site now.
“Any products, programs, or personal recommendations made in this or any email communication from The Author Incubator for 3rd parties will likely result in some form of compensation from said 3rd party.”
The FTC Disclosure is an attempt to hold companies responsible for truth-in-advertising. To try to conform to the regulations, she’s posted a link at the bottom left of the website. However, the FTC says that you disclose it’s a paid endorsement on the media doing said endorsement. So in the video itself. It’s not expected for a person watching a video to then have to perform a search to figure out if it’s a paid endorsement or not.
Additionally, her videos themselves are in violation of what she is trying to pretend to adhere to. From FTC.Gov:
We want to run ads featuring endorsements from consumers who achieved the best results with our company’s product. Can we do that?
Testimonials claiming specific results usually will be interpreted to mean that the endorser’s experience reflects what others can also expect. Statements like “Results not typical” or “Individual results may vary” won’t change that interpretation. That leaves advertisers with two choices:
1. Have adequate proof to back up the claim that the results shown in the ad are typical, or
2. Clearly and conspicuously disclose the generally expected performance in the circumstances shown in the ad.
She does not do either. There’s no proof presented confirming these past authors are making “10000s of thousands of dollars”. And I have yet to see any disclosure of the expected performance, let alone one that is clear and conspicuous. But the fact that she actually finally admits a tiny bit of this program shows that this website works and that our constant diligence to link anyone asking about her program here seems to be having an effect.
Oh, and I have… heard rumors.. that people keep asking her about proof and then are immediately banned. I tried it on an alt account. I have never been muted so quickly! That is suspicious to me. She obviously has someone who’s solely dedicated to hovering the mouse over the mute button. And muted, for what? Simply asking if she has anything published regarding proof. Weird.
Really, that should have a disclosure attached to it. Really, 2 disclosures. It should look like this, if she truly wanted to adhere to the FTC guidelines:
Now, there could be people who weren’t compensated that are saying how great the program is. That’s actually to be expected. It’s a construct of psychology. If you pay a large amount of money to someone – especially if (As she has stated over and over again) you’re homeless and get a loan for $15,000 (I’ve been homeless. I used to volunteer a ton of time at a homeless center in St. Paul. Never once did I meet someone who was homeless but had such excellent credit they secured a large unsecured loan just to publish a book) the last thing you will want to do is actually admit it was all a fraud. She is a specialized predatory in finding people who mainly deal with … ermm.. let me just say “non-traditional science”.
Looking at it from a higher level, she is what is wrong with the country. Not her personally, but what she does. I think our country has gone a bit feral ever since World War 2 ended. It’s been a long time when we, as a country, had to suffer. We’ve never had massive drives to gather plastic or metal. We haven’t had, nor do we know anyone, that went through a Great Depression. Or a Dust Bowl. Typhoid. Black Plague. Not even 9/11 brought us together. Outside of New York, most people were outraged for a few months, but to the vast majority of the country those events didn’t affect them personally in any appreciable way.
That basically leads to us becoming more and more self-centered every generation. How you respond to a situation is a choice. You can be positive, or negative.
Let me explain what I mean with a story.
I have a friend in his 50s. He tells me a lot of crazy stories, like almost getting into a fist fight in the middle of the road because the woman in a van of Mom, Dad, and 2 girls told him to ‘Calm his tits’. It almost ended in a fight.
Why? He took it personally. “Calm your tits” felt like a deliberate act of disrespect.
Or another one. In Home Depot one day, he was ‘cut off’ by an ‘Indian couple’. So he said “Excuse me”. Then a little louder “Excuseeee Meeeeee”. They turned around and said what? He said you cut me off, apologize. And there was a couple other snarky digs on either side later on.
He felt disrespected. He chose to view the action as negative. And decided if he’s pissed off, so should they.
I asked their age, and he said probably mid 20s. So I said to him “Does it make sense they would cut in front of you in a deliberate act? Honestly, how I would chosen to view it is: Indian gentleman busts his ass and manages to get high enough scores to come to America and get his degree. During that time he’ll go back and get married. He recently gotten his degree and landed a good job. He is so excited because his wife is finally coming home, to America, after having not seen her much at all. And they are in Home Depot, so they must have bought a house! So they are here, excitedly talking about their new happy life and dreaming as they go down the aisle. They were so caught up they didn’t see him. There was no collision. They didn’t knock his cart over. They just didn’t see it. And you decided that they randomly wanted to piss you off, so you then pissed them off. You took a happy excited couple and crapped all over it. ”
Which story is the true one? We’ll never know. But isn’t it just better to assume they aren’t actively trying to be assholes and instead, were so happy about the future they just didn’t see him. All I know is, for me, it takes a lot more energy to be angry and lash out. Just assume positive and move on. That’s how the country used to be. We all just assumed the other person didn’t mean it, we said nothing and had no anger and 30 seconds later forgot all about it. But my friend prefers to let it make him angry, and then he fosters that anger. And remembers it. And it feeds into more anger.
It’s just not needed.
Angela is another self-centered amoral business person happily stealing from people and then lying to the masses. It works because she GENUINELY believes her own bullshit. There’s another psychological concept that explains it. It’s called repression. Or suppression. Honestly, it’s somewhere in the middle. Her conscious mind is obviously aware that her program doesn’t do anything. That she’s immorally getting money from people. Now, usually people can sense that – something seems ‘off’. However, because her subconscious mind actively shields these harmful truths about how its wrong, she comes off as being genuine.
But she’s been doing it for so many years now, I think people are seeing the cracks.
Why is that hashtag at the bottom of her website? She probably made some newsletter post about it. Yeah, just checked, from September 7th, 2017. And it’s an email about how people don’t like what she did and her laughing at it. There’s an actual blog post that mentions it in August.
But on August 25th, 2016 she posted about “Our first scholarship… #BlackLivesMatter” Can you guess the race? You got it.
Angela is so unbiased, she doesn’t see color in people at all. And here’s a blog post about how great and open she is and a picture of black gentleman. Doesn’t it just fill you with pride in her, to see how she’s giving back to the community so much she tells you all about it.
It’s not the things you publicize that makes the person, it’s the stuff you don’t talk about. I read a post on Quora from a 35 year mail carrier in Houston. He said “Hey, did you know we don’t have AC? Never had it. Might possibly had it in 2020? Freeze a bottle of water, then put it in the mailbox with the flag up”.
Blew me away. For 4 decades, I never gave the mail delivery any thought. But yeah, people put it there. So I tried the frozen water bottle, but couldn’t get them to not split open. And I figured other delivery people would like the same thing. So I just put a minifridge in the front door with a note and left the carrier a note about it in the mailbox. Besides my wife, you folks are the only ones I’m telling about it. And I did it a week ago.
Morally straight people do good things quietly. Amoral people do good things only when they can share it all over the place and let the public see how good and pure they are.