The Author Castle is a lie, just like Angela isn’t a doctor – and now a tip line!

Just a reminder, while Angela has stolen almost $3,700,000 from people, she still doesn’t have enough money for a $15,000,000 mansion. Despite how much she wants it to be true, she doesn’t own it.

The Author Castle is a lie, just like Angela isn’t a doctor – and now a tip line!

Well, unless her name is Elariny Hazem and she bought it back in 2005.

I’ve also opened a new website on a faster web host and I’m looking for new targets to debunk on the web and youtube. While Angela does give me plenty of material to use, when there is such an overwhelming amount of lies, misdirection, and appeals that it really makes the brain ache after awhile. So I’d love for you to point me to someone new!

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The psychology of Being Angela

I will admit, this video – being an hour in length – is really long. It’s a fairly raw recording, more of a ‘stream of consciousness’ as we watch together an excerpt of the “Preparing for your Interview” video. In it, I explain all of the psychology that is deeply embedded in everything she says. How Angela Lauria builds your mind up to accept the outrageous price she charges.

I also provide some additional fact checking about her claims. Such as she has no PhD in Communications, because the University doesn’t offer anything like that. There’s no dissertation by her on any of the journals. That’s because she never wrote a dissertation, because there is no PhD. And a 45 year old wouldn’t discuss their dissertation after 15 years anyway. There’s no such thing as a “Publishing Coach” from the IICS. How she copies the exact Ponzi scheme structure from Life Coaching circles.  How TheAuthorIncubator.com isn’t a website about publishing a book, it’s an alter unto her by her. The lack of consistency – stating she has 10 years in the industry, then saying over 20 years 2 paragraphs further. He incorrect use of the FTC disclaimer, her dodgy ‘Philosophy’ that isn’t.

I made and stopped almost a dozen recordings. I wanted to hit around 15 minutes, but with a subject like this, it’s difficult. Her writing is so poor and inconsistent, and there are so many red flags about her. Why would a website that supposedly there to help you feature a heavily edited photo of her? Why does she make sure every page has a note about her being a doctor? Easy: I posit she has Narcissistic Personality Disorder, most likely the subtype of “Fanatic Narcissist”. It’s long, but interesting. I intend to make shorter videos in the future. Perhaps 1 or 2 pages of her website at a time. Anything specific you’d like to know, or if something rubs you wrong about her and you’re not sure why, just ask.

Angela Lauria, my number 1 visitor: The use of your copywritten video is allowed under US Code Title 17, Chapter 1, Statute 107; referred to as the “Fair Use Doctrine”. It states, in part, that “The fair use of a copyrighted work, including reproduction by any means for purposes such as criticism, comment, new reporting, teaching, scholarship, or research, is not an infringement of copyright.

Furthermore, this content does not violate the DMCA, and filing a false DMCA takedown request is a criminal act under Federal Laws.
You would know this if you had any education in publishing, but I have to tell you because you don’t.

So, how do I do this? I’ll answer under the video.

It’s actually interesting how I do this. While I’ve had a lot of formal study in crisis management and the psychology of several disciplines, the real reason why I can point this stuff out is because of I have a super power.

Ok, it’s really not a super power, it’s actually a dysfunction with one of my dopamingeric pathways – the one responsible for executive functions. Executive functions cover a wide range of subjects, but can most easily be summed up as it is the area where we learn things.

My specific problem is my mind bypasses what they call ‘working memory’. Working memory is where you store new information before it’s categorized and its importance is defined. So for me, I can’t figure out importance or category – it all either goes into short-term memory, long-term memory, or I subconsciously repeat it over and over.

So I retain entire situations in stunning detail. So for Angela, everything she has written that I’ve read, or recorded that I watched, all goes into an area of my brain. Take some training in psychology, sociology and a lot of personal study into how con artists work, and there you go. The brain is exceptional at finding patterns, or noticing the lack there of. Most psychological disorders have a clear and concise criteria that identifies the behavior for a given disease. When I have enough data in my brain, there’s a moment of alacrity. Then I write it down.

It’s why I always try to choose a positive response in most scenarios; it’s the choice that least negatively impacts my surroundings, which is good if I don’t know why someone did something. Like cut me off in traffic. Try it.

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Someone hurry up and tell Angela!

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.

Someone hurry up and tell Angela!

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

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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.

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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:

More lies and self-promotion fud

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:

More lies and self-promotion fud

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.

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Well I guess I struck a nerve

So super miss busy Scamgela took the time to search through her email list to find one of my addresses, and deleted me from it.

That means we’re winning! See, those with narcissistic personality disorder absolutely can’t stand anyone who isn’t kissing their ass. And her most recent emails seem to be a direct response to the last few posts I’ve made. Almost like she’s trying to show she’s not a scam.

And really, she’s totally legit, let’s just take 1 sentence from her website:

Unlike other publishers, which often focus on book sales and revenue for the publisher, we are committed to the success of our authors in the creation of the book, the publishing of the book, and in the promotion of the book and related programs, and to the readers in getting them the help and personal transformation they need.

With grammar like that, I don’t even need to write about it! Comma abuse, run-on sentence, misuse of transitives. And there’s a few more things. But we don’t want to focus on that. Focus on this:

Unlike other publishers, which often focus on book sales and revenue for the publisher,

Seriously, nothing proves Angela Lauria has ZERO knowledge about publishing, marketing, writing or anything else remotely close to it. She’s a scam.

She’s not a publisher.

Publishers focus on book sales and revenue because, you know, that’s ALSO how the writers of those books get money. That’s why they don’t take just anyone. And they don’t make easily refuted claims about every book being a best seller too.

See, Angela focuses on getting all her revenue from you up front. And all her gaslighting from some of her ‘authors’ are the minority she hasn’t cast away and discarded.

 

Angela Lauria – YOU DON’T KNOW ONE THING ABOUT PUBLISHING. You’re destroying lives with your lies. And we will shut you down.

 

Video coming in a few days, folks.

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A few updates and additions

We’ve completely revamped the page “About, Donations & Contact” – and as you can guess, it now gives a broader overview of who we are. We’ve also listed our promises to you, a donation link, and a contact form. And yes, media outlets, we love talking to you!

We’ve also added a proper way for you to Tell Us Your Story. And don’t worry – you can be as anonymous as you wish – or tell the world who you are!
While we will use all responses for internal data gathering and research, you do have the option of graciously allowing us to include your missive into a new feature called ‘Testimonials’.

And finally, the thing we’re most proud of! We now have a new page called “Questions To Ask“; these are questions that you should absolutely be askingbefore you do ANY business with ANY publisher. And while it’s generic enough that it can be used with any of them, it was lovingly written with Angie in mind.

Be sure to use the ‘tell us your story’ feature to recount the hilarity and share it with the world. And yes, we do allow for uploads of screen shots, audio, video – whatever you have.

Oh, right, to help you best prepare to ask those questions, we took the raw data of both the first 100 books returned by data miner, and on a second sheet it contains all the info about Angela’s first book, all the way back in 2014, called “The Difference”. Find it on this Google Spreadsheet here.

While we know that our data are calculated estimates gleaned from monitors that poll Amazon every hour, and have done so for about 60 days now. We believe in what they say. And besides, the Kindle platform provides exhaustive data about money and sales – if we were completely wrong, all Angelduh would need to do is turn that poorly overworked video camera onto her laptop, login to the portal, and prove us all wrong.

But, cmon, you know she won’t. She doesn’t even tell people the whole reason she started doing this in the first place is because her ‘book’ was flat out rejected by every traditional publisher, multiple times. So of course she has a teeny-tiny little grudge.

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Angela doesn’t even know how publishing works

The latest email from Angela Lauria tells us 2 things:

  1. She has absolutely no idea how publishing works
  2. This site is making a difference

You can tell she has no experience with how book publishing works purely through today’s email. I almost want to thank her for making this so easy.

How can you tell she has absolutely no idea what she’s talking about? It’s simple – all she talks about is money.

So, fine, before we go into detail how completely naive she is, we’ll talk about the only thing she talks about – the money.

With Angela, you give her tens of thousands of your dollars, and she “publishes” your book. Let’s assume you get 100% of the return. Since she gives almost all of her books away for free with Kindle Prime, you’ve given her a ton of money, and receive nothing.

Or maybe she does put a price on your book, but because she doesn’t have any kind of marketing team to publicize it, you get about $7/month.
Angela doesn’t even know how publishing works

If you give her $20,000, using her own model, it would take 2,857 months on average to BREAK EVEN. So, to just get back to the ZERO point would take 238 YEARS. And that’s with you getting 100% of the profits. And oh, by the way she owns the copyright for your book.

So, you’ve given her $20,000 and a Word document. She takes your cash, spends 5 minutes publishing it to kindle, and that’s it. If your book accidentally gets popular, well she owns the copyright to it, so you can’t even republish it.

Angela runs a vanity press, but she’ll never actually say that. There is zero risk for her to publish your book, that’s why she’ll take anyone.

Now, let’s look at how traditional publishing works:

In traditional publishing, the publisher assumes the risk of ALL publication and production costs.

That’s the reason they are so selective. An unknown author is a huge risk to them. They even give you an advance. Why?

  1. It’s a show of confidence that they will be able to get your book to sell.
  2. With all of the rounds of revisions, editing, proofreading, etc it can take upwards of year from signing a contract with a publisher and actually having the book published. So it’s a holdover. A thank you, if you will.

If wrote something that no one will read and a publisher pushes it out, you’ve gained from it, but the publisher has lost. AND LOST BIG.

Look at how much just US publishers spend every year:

Angela doesn’t even know how publishing works

FROM HTTPS://WWW.STATISTA.COM/STATISTICS/185246/ESTIMATED-EXPENSES-OF-US-BOOK-PUBLISHERS-SINCE-2005/

In just 2015 alone, they’ve spent $16,730,000,000. 16 BILLION.

Now, lets look at this paragraph of her email:

Every new book represents a risk to the publisher, who is gambling tens of thousands of dollars that it will sell enough copies to earn a profit. Most books barely cover their costs or at best earn a small profit, and this is particularly the case with books by unknown authors. Therefore, publishers try to keep costs down by offering small advances. And even those small advances almost always lose money.

She’s kind of right there. It is a huge risk to publishers, because they only make money if your book sells. Angela makes money whether or not your book sells.

She states ‘most books barely cover their costs’. Which can be true – for TECHNICAL BOOKS, but isn’t true for any other genre. And the main reason it’s true for technical books is they are always large – often times over 2,000 pages, and printing books that size is a lot of money a publisher has to front without any guarantee they’ll make it back. Angela has no idea how much it actually costs to run a traditional publishing model – because she’s not in that industry.

She goes on to say:

Because they will keep the other 90% of your salary for themselves!!!

You are, in fact, paying to publish with a traditional publisher… You are actually paying much, much more to publish if your book is successful. The only way in this scenario you are not paying to publish is if your book doesn’t sell.

COMPLETE AND UTTER BULLSHIT. 100% INCORRECT FUD.

If she was even remotely correct, why didn’t J.K. Rowling switch to a vanity press, or even self-publish, the Harry Potter installments after her initial contract ended? She only gets that 10% royalty, but it doesn’t seem to really hurt her:

Angela doesn’t even know how publishing works

FROM HTTPS://WWW.STATISTA.COM/STATISTICS/275232/EARNINGS-OF-THE-WEALTHIEST-AUTHORS-WORLDWIDE/

I mean, she still received $95,000,000 from her royalties. She’d obviously get even more if she went with a little vanity press like Angie’s, right?

Wrong.

Factor in the huge marketing arm of Scholastic Press. Kids are essentially force-fed books from them – remember being a kid and bringing that Scholastic Press form home from school, begging your parents for the money for the books? Yeah, Angie can’t give you that.

How about the extensive editing and revisions that J.K. Rowling had to do. She was a first time author, and had many mistakes. There are dozens of people that poured over that manuscript, spending hundreds of hours. Does Angie give you that? Nope.

Angela wants you to think that publishers are stealing from you. Are they? Nope. Wrong again.

In 2016, Scholastic Press has a total revenue of 1.67 Billion dollars. That’s all the money they received. The ‘gross’ amount, before expenses.
After expenses, the NET revenue, is 40.5 million dollars.

Almost 50% of all the money they took in, went to selling books!

We’re talking about all of the editing, printing, advertising, marketing. Almost half of it went right back out to help you sell your book.

When you give Angie your $30,000, does 50% of that go into your book? Hell no, not even close. It goes right into her pockets. Go check out her facebook, look at all the posts of the $3000 purses she purchased, that $75,000/month rent for her little fantasy castle, all her trips – YOU ARE PAYING FOR IT ALL.

And she’ll never tell you that. Versus a traditional publisher, like Scholastic Press, publishing their operational costs in dizzying, exact details. Where is Angies financial disclosure? Oh, that’s right, she doesn’t have one.

Additionally, submitting your work to – and paying a large fee for – the services of Angies author mill is detrimental to your name and your business. You’re judged by the company you keep. And to a traditional publishing company, Angela Lauria looks like a tweaking meth addict begging for change on a street corner.

What sounds more appealing to you?

A publisher who gives you an advance, works with you to polish your manuscript so its the best that it can be, who spends tremendous amounts of money on you by printing thousands of copies of your book, distributing them worldwide to stores. Paying tremendous amounts of money to advertise your book via newspapers, radio, television, online ad campaigns. Giving out dozens of preview copies to major book reviewers. And you haven’t paid a single cent for it.

OR

Someone that doesn’t have any fixed price for her services. Does zero marketing. Zero advertising. Zero printing. Zero editing. But you’ve given her all your money.

It’s obvious!

It’s all about risk. With Angela, you have all the risk, she has none. There’s nothing motivating her to give 2 fucks about your book, because you already gave her your money. I’ve shown you the books themselves making next to no money. And have you ever seen ANY advertising from her for ANY of the books she’s released? And I mean the books themselves, not her talking with some author about their book, which is just a way to advertise her company. Not even a Facebook ad. Why would she, she has your money.

With a traditional publisher, they own all the risk. They are highly motivated to have you produce the absolute BEST book you can. Because if you fail, you walk away with your advance money, while the publisher loses THOUSANDS of dollars.

But they say a picture is worth 1000 words, so we’ll leave you with something to think about:

Angela doesn’t even know how publishing works

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Let’s do some simple math – fact checking time! Her poor father.

Angela sent out the following email, telling the world she’s “.. at 22 employees, 16,000 square feet and more than $5M in annual revenue”.

It’s right here – click to embiggen it:

Let’s do some simple math – fact checking time! Her poor father.

ANGELA’S NEW MATH

Now compare that to her self-reported Inc.Com revenue of the previous year of “2.3M”

Let’s do some simple math – fact checking time! Her poor father.

Now we’ve already debunked her ‘16,000’ square feet, since she doesn’t own nor lease it – just rents it as needs arise. So right there, she’s pretending to be something she isn’t. Being a tad grandiose. Something a person suffering narcissistic personality disorder would do. Our doctorate is more valid than Angela’s, so believe the diagnosis.

Let’s instead focus on “more than $5M in annual revenue”

Between January 16th, 2017 and today (December 8th, 2017), “Difference Press” has released a total of 75 books.

This includes her exploiting her 10 year old son, mind you. That book, which was such a stellar success he’s got a total of 228 subscribers. Angela doesn’t even seem to care that the minimum age for uploading to YouTube is 13. So, exploiting your child for your own illicit gain is A-OK in our little Angela’s broken mind.

Moving on… Let’s break down these book sales and this awesome influx of revenue! 

Those 75 books have a total estimated sales of 209. Yup, all of them together is 209 sales. So the total estimated revenue on those sales is $1,143.

But, Ms. Angela Lauria says she received over $5,000,000 in revenue this year.

So you don’t have to be a doctor to do the math so far – after we GENEROUSLY round up to $10,000 in sales for the year, that means there is a discrepancy of $4,990,000.

So where does her extra money come from, since she doesn’t do anything else?

Well according to the math, each one of those 75 authors paid Angie at least $66,533.33 for her coaching ‘help’.

Now, we are aware of people she has attempted to get over $50,000 from, but we haven’t heard of anyone foolish enough to give her over $65,000.

Could she be, perhaps, lying to all of us?

To add to her stunning 1,548% 3-year revenue growth, she managed to increase it over 117% in a year?! DOUBLE the amount she self-reported for 2016?

We call bullshit.

Shame on her for exploiting her poor child, and shame on her for sullying her farther’s name WHILE not disclosing the entire truth.

Her 76 year old father lives in a modest $360,000 2-bedroom 2-bath home in Florida. Now that’s something a millionaire would own, as they are by and large quite frugal with things.

Angela also neglected to tell you that her “Dad’s business”, was “Her dad and several partners” from its inception in 1972 until he bought out the last partner 16 years later in 1988.
Also, that performance shop was the only type of its kind in the northeast US, hence how its business was booming – until the 90s came around and they were forced to diversify.

Based on my research, he seems like one hell of a guy. He specialized in T Buckets, Ford Model Ts turned into hotrods. In the late 90’s the TV show “Shadetree Mechanic” built one of his cars, and sales shot up again. Since 2006, they have a large shop at Destination Daytona – an over 100 acre complex. While Mickey’s shop is actually only 1500sqft, I’m sure Angela would say he has the whole 100 acres – well, actually, she’d say 4,356,000 Square Feet. But then again that is higher than the castle she pretends to own, despite every single record to the contrary.

All in all, I feel bad for Mickey being associated with Angela. He built his empire by seeing a need in a market, getting some friends and some money, and busting his ass.

Angela Lauria, on the other hand, makes a living by playing out some delusional dream in her broken mind, stealing from hardworking people along the way.

Oh, here’s a freebie I dug up and just don’t know where to place it yet. Here’s a video of a person who went to “European Graduate School”.

My Experience as a student at European Graduate School EGS, a review 

“Shockingly unacceptable” is the quote of the day. His review of the school, Angela’s life of lies and deceit.

I only wish there was a list of unaccredited publishers, like there is for institutions of higher learning.

Comments have been enabled, and are completely anonymous – so tell us your thoughts.

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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:

Angela vs. People Who Know What They Are Doing

Angela vs. People Who Know What They Are Doing

Angela vs. People Who Know What They Are Doing

Click the images for the bigger view.

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:

Angela vs. People Who Know What They Are Doing

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:

Angela vs. People Who Know What They Are Doing

Angela vs. People Who Know What They Are Doing

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:

Angela vs. People Who Know What They Are Doing

 

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?
    Angela vs. People Who Know What They Are Doing

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?

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