The Mikkelsen Twins are back with another training program aimed at making ebooks on Amazon.
This time, they're marketing their training with AI capabilities.
They're calling it the AI Publishing Academy.
They claim this program is a beginner-friendly road map to an automated Amazon business."
Are they telling the truth, or is this all one big scam?
We'll get to the bottom of this question in this review.
Additionally, we'll look at what's being offered and any red flags that I can find.
You'll know if this course is worth it by the time you're done reading.
Let's get started!
AI Publishing Academy Summary
Creator: Mikkelsen twins
Price to join: $6,000
Do I recommend? No
Overall rating: 1/5
I've covered the Mikkelsen twins before and previously thought their courses were too expensive.
But they've gone to a whole new level with the AI Publishing Academy and are demanding an insane $6,000 for this training.
Any value you could get out of this course is immediately wiped out by the price alone.
Most people who try to write ebooks won't even make $6,000.
Other than that, it's generic training for a business model that I wouldn't recommend most people get involved with.
There are so many better and easier ways to make money online.
And there are courses for these methods that won't cost you your entire savings.
Honestly, I think it's shameful for the Mikkelsen Twins to charge this much for this course.
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The Mikkelsen's Are A Meme
When I first started making money online in 2016, there was definitely a distinct culture in the online community.
The goal back then was to just be known as someone who "worked from their laptop."
You'd see guys on their laptops on the beach, and their marketing would revolve around that.
The goal was to make over $10,000 a month and travel the world.
The Mikkelsen twins are the epitome of that culture, to the point where they're almost a meme.
They do it all.
Post pictures of their travels, go to all the laptop lifestyle destinations like Thailand, brag about how much they make, etc.
And they always brag about how little time they actually spend working on their businesses.
Yada, yada, yada.
It's all very cheesy and fake.
Some People Think The Mikkelsen's Are Scammers
It's always tough to call someone a scam artist online because people will threaten you with lawsuits.
It's usually just a scare tactic to get you to take unflattering information off the internet, but still, some people aren't bluffing.
So I rarely call someone a scam artist unless I suspect they're actually committing fraud or doing something illegal.
I doubt the Mikkelsen twins are doing anything illegal, but they do things that many people consider "scammy."
This person claims the twins basically just taught people how to game the system, and that doesn't work anymore.
Another person claims the twins are just straight-up lying about the results you can get.
Many people in that thread believe the twins are breaking FTC laws with fake income promises.
Maybe they are.
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One Of The Worst Business Models
There are a lot of ways to make money online.
I have my preferences, and some people have theirs, but most people agree that the following are the best:
- Affiliate marketing
- Ecommerce (dropshipping, Amazon FBA)
- Paid advertsing
- Email marketing
These are all business models that have countless success stories, changed people's lives, and made legit millionaires.
However, most people agree that creating ebooks is one of the worst ways to make money online.
Here are some numbers to back up why people believe this:
- According to a study by BookBub, only 2% of self-published books on Amazon earn over $5,000 in a year.
- Another study by Reedsy found that the average self-published author earns just $1,000 per year from their books.
- The success rate of self-published authors is even lower in some genres. For example, the study by BookBub found that only 1% of self-published romance novels earn over $5,000 in a year.
Of course, there are always exceptions to the rule. There are some self-published authors who have found great success on Amazon, earning millions of dollars from their books. However, these authors are the exception, not the rule.
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The Price Is Absolutely Absurd
A few years ago, I mostly focused on writing about programs that teach how to make money online.
But recently I've been focusing on stock-picking services and things like that.
When I saw AI Publishing Academy, I almost didn't review it just because it's been a while since I've done one of these.
Then I saw the price.
I'm pretty sure I said some curse words and sat down and started writing this review.
Now that you know the average Kindle book writer makes about $1,000 per year, doesn't that make the $6,000 price tag for this course just seem so scummy?
I have no respect for people who do stuff like this.
The Mikkelsen twins are living a life of luxury by charging absurd amounts for their courses, and most people will fail.
In the past, they charged around $1500 for their services, and I thought that was crazy.
That's just pure lunacy.
Their AI Tech Is Likely Just ChatGPT
One of the big selling points of the AI Publishing Academy is that you get "custom AI software" if you join.
Let me ask you a quick question:
Every tech company on earth is developing AI software, and billions are being poured into this technology.
Google, Microsoft, Elon Musk, and other mega-companies and billionaires are creating new AI software all the time.
Do you think the Mikkelsen twins can compete with this?
Of course not, and they most likely aren't even trying.
ChatGPT is the top AI dog right now, and they rent out their services to people.
Meaning you can buy the technology from ChatGPT and make your own AI products using their technology.
My guess is the Mikkelsen Twins are doing that with their "custom AI software."
They're just renting out the API from ChatGPT and rebranding it as some secret ebook AI.
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They Try Tricking You With The Refund Policy
On the surface, the refund policy seems pretty solid.
There's some string attached to getting your money back, which I don't like to see.
But you have a full year to get your money back, and you just have to create one kindle book that's over 25,000 words long.
But my spidey sense tingled when I read this, and I figured there has to be another catch they're burying in their refund policy.
So I went digging through the terms and conditions and found the catch.
One of the biggest bonuses the twins are offering for AI Publishing Academy is a $500 cash bonus.
It's actually the top bonus on the market:
Basically, if you jump through some hoops, you get $500 back.
However, in the terms it claims, if you collect this bonus, you become ineligible for the refund:
Keep in mind that this is not located on the sales page, and I had to go digging through the terms of service to find it.
Man, this is sneaky stuff right here.
Wrapping Things Up
So that's the end of my review of AI Publishing Academy.
It's a standard offer.
You get some training, some group training, some support, some bonuses, and a whole lot of big promises.
This course is not worth $6,000, though.
Do not be one of the suckers who pay this price.
You are pretty much guaranteed to regret this decision, and you might find yourself ineligible for the refund.
If you're just looking to make money online, I'd avoid Kindle self-publishing as well.
There are better ways to do it.
And if you really want to self-publish on Amazon, I'd just watch YouTube videos or buy another course (one that's under $300).
There's no need to pay more than a few hundred dollars for ebook training.
Anyone charging more than that is just ripping you off.