Twins Christian and Rasmus Mikkelsen couldn’t bear the thought of AI becoming the next big thing without cashing in on it.
This is why their course, Audiobook Income Academy, which had already been rebranded once to Audiobook Impact Academy, just underwent another name change. Now it’s AI Publishing Academy.
Cost is normally $4,000, but if you beat the scammy countdown timer, you can get it for half off.
Well, $1,995 to be exact.
And get this:
Somehow Lloyd and Harry here have convinced 26,000+ people to buy this course.
Guys, that’s about $52 million in sales.
Even after they chop that and deduct ad spend and payment processor fees and cost of employees and definitely some chargebacks, it’s no wonder Christian’s able to show a bank balance of over $6 million during his presentation.
Excuse me while I vomit.
To think that these two buffoons have made that much money by tricking the internet into believing they can go zip line in Maui while royalties roll in from useless books and audiobooks they didn’t even write but merely spammed Amazon and Audible with, is more than a little nauseating.
I go hard on the Mikkelsen Twins because they deserve it.
These guys are charlatans.
They haven’t done the business themselves in years. Not since getting banned by Audible for selling audiobooks in other languages that were so poorly translated they were essentially gibberish.
Still, they’ll look dead into the camera and tell you the champagne and adventure and that pink Porsche Christian bought for his wife Charlotte, was all paid for by self-publishing. As if the $52 million in course sales had nothing to do with it.
But hey, that’s nothing new in this industry.
What’s more appalling is how they criminally oversell the opportunity.
They say it’s brand new, unexplored territory. Competition’s virtually nonexistent.
They say it’s quick, easy, and cheap – especially now with AI tools like ChatGPT – to have someone else whip up these audiobooks and eBooks for you.
Just upload them onto Amazon and Audible, sprinkle some magic dust on your listings, and sales will flood in.
But why tell the truth when deception is so lucrative?
“Katie, you’re just a hater,” you might think.
After all, they’ve got a 365-day money-back guarantee! Spectacular! Talk about confidence in their system, right?
I mean, you can’t lose. If it doesn’t work, just ask for your money back.
Well, you’d like to think that’s the case, wouldn’t you?
And judging by their impressive 4.8-star rating on Trustpilot, clearly I’m just a troll and no matter how many squats I do, I’ll always have a flat ass, right?
Maybe, maybe not.
I read through two pages of 5-star reviews. Not a one of them said anything about making any money. Just that the videos were detailed and the support was great and they were all really excited about the idea of maybe doing something with it someday.
It’s almost as if you can nudge a thousand of your new members over to Trustpilot to rate you perfectly – before they face the reality of the business – to convince onlookers the water’s warm, come on in.
And that’s how Rasmus and Christian stay schemin’.
But when you filter for 1-star reviews, the chilly truth takes center stage.
“These guys are a total scam!” writes Dan Sadiqui. “They got me for $1,995. I’m trying to get it back but they will probably win. Do not give them any of your money!”
Apparently that amazing yearlong guarantee comes with some fine print, huh?
Last, you need to really think through using artificial intelligence for book publishing.
The rules are blurry. Are you breaching copyright? Is it plagiarism? Could you get hit with a lawsuit? It’s a gray area.
Either way, if every lazy idiot uses GPT-4 to mass-produce books – in hopes of making a quick buck – it’s a race to the bottom. Your audiobook will be a grain of sand in the desert. Good luck getting customers to find it.