You guys are awesome

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:

Actual results of a book Angela Lauria charged at least $15,000 for calls a “#1”

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.

Congratulations, Angela has accepted you – plus the ACTUAL COST of her program! BREAKING NEWS!

An outraged author recently made us privy to a page Scamgela doesn’t have a direct link to. The page, titled “Preparing for your interview“, is a 24 minute insight into her whole program. And it’s the only time I’ve actually heard he say what the price is.

I won’t spend the better part of a half hour slowly wearing you down until I announce the amount (Skip to 16:26 to hear it yourself), I’m just going to tell you right now:

3 payments of $5,000, or $14,000 in one lump sum. 

Yes, (and this is for search engines, based on common terms people use to get here) The cost of the “The Author Incubator” program by Angela Lauria is $15,000.

In the buildup, she makes many statements not backed up with anything a reasonable person could fact check for themselves. Things like:

  • She managed to get 3 homeless people to pay for her program. (Side note: Isn’t that a bit heartless?)
  • She states she has 3-4 authors making over 1 million dollars a year
  • She states the average a nonfiction author makes is $1500, but her authors average $86,000/year.
    How? Here’s the spy results of one of her ‘cherished authors’:

    ZERO SALES, ZERO REVENUE FOR THE PAST 32 DAYS.
  • States that a book proposal is all about marketing. It is not. If she was actually involved in literature, she’d understand that. A book proposal answers 2 questions: Why should a publisher invest in your book, and why are you the person to write it?
    Publishers are NOT the bad guys, they are the ones that do all the heavy lifting once a book is written. They are investing in YOU.
  • SHE BOLDLY STATES YOU’LL MAKE $10,000 – $30,000 STARTING YOUR FIRST MONTH! 
    DID YOU KNOW? Since she promised it to you, she entered a binding ‘express contract’ with you. If you haven’t made $10,000/month, sue her. Almost worth throwing away $15,000 right?

 

That video genuinely pisses me off to no degree. I’m grinding my teeth as I right this and pounding on the keyboard. It shows such a huge lack of ethics and morals I can’t understand why anyone would give her 1 cent, let alone $14,000. (By the way: 12 authors per month, at $14,000 per author, means Angela is stealing over $2 million a year from you. That’s a felony. Someone really should contact a lawyer.)

Her brazen unconscionability is all in this video!!

By the way, Angela, you really should look up Unconscionability, I have a feeling you’ll become intimately familiar with the term quite soon.
Definition: Unconscionability is a doctrine in contract law that describes terms that are so extremely unjust, or overwhelmingly one-sided in favor of the party who has the superior bargaining power, that they are contrary to good conscience.

Throughout this whole process she puts you through, you’re being groomed. “Grooming” is what predators do to lower your inhibitions, like how you would – obviously – have an objection for paying such an insane amount – but her whole process is setup to get you ‘ready’ for her.

Furthermore:

  • She has literally provided ZERO proof of any claims she has ever made.
  • This video beings with her referring to herself as “Dr. Angela”. Again, that’s
  • She really makes her money by exploiting two psychological terms – suggestability and misattribution – common tactics quite popular with sociopaths.
  • Throughout the video, she crudely attempts to imprint the ‘scarcity’ of her offer and works to raise a sense of urgency about her program (Spending 5 minutes explaining why you should tell her ‘no’ if you don’t want to go through with the program – how is that appropriate in a ‘congratulatory’ video?). Psychologically, these are common tactics conmen use. By making you feel special (There’s a limited number of slots open), and telling you to say no quickly if you don’t want to go through with the program (By repeatedly stressing how you must be nice and tell them no if you change your mind she’s imparting guilt into your mind. You would feel guilty, or wasteful, if you said yes then ghosted)
  • Again, she further on states how she only wants to work with people who “Want to make 150,000 to 300,000 per year”. Why that specific range? Again, another predatory psychological tactic. Without going into the science toooo much, $150,000 – $300,000 will seem like an income significantly larger than her ‘mark’ currently makes, but it’s not outside the realm of plausibility. It seems like a tangible goal. Versus saying you will make 25,000,000 to 50,000,000. That’s ludicrous. But it wouldn’t be crazy to a millionaire, especially if she was instead charging $300,000 for her services.  Proportions, yo.
  • Everything is centered on her ego and on what she wants. She practically insults those that link is sent to, giving a pandering 3 minutes and 45 second explanation of why she can’t congratulate you in purpose.
  • She calls her junior scammers “Talent Scouts”. That terminology used to be huge in IT – say you’re looking for ‘talent’ and not ’employees’ and suddenly a mundane job seems sexy. Same thing here. \
  • After the big reveal of the cost in the video, she spends a large amount of time telling you how to find that money – trust fund, line of credit at the bank, new credit card, mortgage the house etc etc – does that sound like something that someone who intends to help you would say? It doesn’t to me.

In the several years I’ve studied this woman I’ve learned 2 things about her:

  1. She loves to tell stories about herself
  2. She has ZERO knowledge at all of how the publishing industry works.

If you suck at marketing, that’s fair. But if you have a book you want to get published, you take on a literary agent.  Just like being accepted by a publisher, an agent is free – they work on commission. Which means they have an extremely strong desire to get you the best deal possible. Because their livelihood depends on selling your book.

The whole industry is commission based. Writers rarely have to spend such insane amounts that she’s asking, simply to get published.

Look at it this way:

If her program truly worked. If you truly made a minimum of $10,000/month from your book the first month and then some, Angela Lauria would be an idiot to charge $15,000 for her services. Why? Because if the program actually worked and actually made you money she would give it away in exchange for a 10% commission. Within 3 years (And remember, we’re using the minimums she said you’d make), she would be making over $20,000,000/year. $20,736,000 to be exact. 

But it doesn’t work. It only makes her richer. And you fell for it. And then you’re to tied up in NDAs and madness to tell your story to the world. 

Coming soon – an in-depth analysis of the video shown on “Preparing for your interview” – I will show you in detail how she’s fucking with you.

And, I have to say, if you look at the video and compare it to the pictures on the main site – it’s like there’s 2 different people.

 

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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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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.