For the best FinCon14 price, book by Monday night.

DONNA-FOnce again I’ve been chosen to present a program at the Financial Blogger Conference, which takes place Sept. 18-20 in New Orleans.

According to the organizer, Phil Taylor, I’m apparently the only person who’s been involved all four years. So I guess it’s really not just me who likes to hear myself  talk.

The “early bird” pricing ends at 11:59 p.m. Monday, June 30. So if you’re a blogger or want to be one, sign up now for the best deal (more on that in a minute).

Or just attend because you’re intrigued by personal finance and/or would like to hear writers talk about what they do.

Some of the topics are interesting whether you’re a writer or a reader. Among them: financial literacy, self-publishing, personal finance innovation, the future of money, behavioral finance, branding, social media, and podcasting and video.

Among the speakers announced thus far: Get Rich Slowly founder J.D. Roth, author Farnoosh Torabi (her most recent is “When She Makes More: 10 Rules for Breadwinning Women”), “serial entrepreneur” and virtual staffing expert Chris Ducker (author of “Virtual Freedom“), PF blogger Mr. Money Mustache, Micha Kaufman (founder of the Fiverr microjob site), Beverly Harzog (“Confessions of a Credit Junkie”), writer/motivational speaker Jeff Goins, Lauren Greutman of the I Am That Lady blog (and author of “How to Coupon Effectively”), and Alex McAdams and Shiyan Koh of NerdWallet.

Obviously the conference is a business expense if you’re already a writer. But attending could be the kick in the pants you need if you’ve thought about starting a blog but haven’t done a thing to further that goal. (At which point it becomes a business expense, provided you really start that blog/freelance service.)

It doesn’t necessarily have to be a personal finance blog you’re considering. You’ll learn things about writing/promoting/design that apply to any genre. Besides, there’s a lot of crossover in the PF blogosphere, since “personal finance” can mean anything you want it to mean. My own site is ostensibly about money, but it’s also about lifeitsownself. (Heck, I just wrote a post about Kool-Aid pickles.)  

If you’re already a freelance writer, you’ll meet a ton of businesses whose reps are looking for blog posts and other forms of work. Fellow writers may also be looking to buy help with writing, design and publicity, or for collaboration (trading guest posts et al.).

Why buy now?

The early bird pricing ($249) for the FinCon Pass ends at 11:59 p.m. EDT on Monday, June 30. It includes, among other things: all sessions, some meals, receptions, admission to the Expo Room, the Plutus Awards, conference T-shirt and swag (which I usually turn into weekly giveaways), the “Ignite” programs (very entertaining), a shot at being mentored and a “virtual pass” so you can later check out programs you weren’t able to attend.

After just-before-midnight Monday, it goes up to $499. A real frugalist just hates to pay retail, business expense or no business expense. (Hint: You have to pay it up front and then wait until next year to claim it.)

Depending on your level of commitment (and bloggers should be committed, if you know what I mean), you might want to choose a different package:

  • FinCon Pass + Camp: All of the benefits of the FinCon Pass plus FinCon Camp (aka “blogging boot camp”), Camp Karaoke Party, and Camp Facebook Group ($349, and currently only 24 spots remain)
  • FinCon Pro Pass: All of the benefits of the FinCon Pass, plus Pro Networking, Pro Sessions, and VIP Mixer ($349 and apparently there’s only one spot left)
  • FinCon Pro Pass + Camp: All of the benefits of the FinCon Pass, plus Pro Networking, Pro Sessions, VIP Mixer, FinCon Camp, Camp Karaoke Party, and Camp Facebook Group ($499, and again there’s just one more slot available)
  • PR/Industry Pass: Reserved for PR/industry personnel who market products and services to attendees. ($499 until 11:59 p.m. Monday and then it goes up to $599)

Note: A registration fee of just under $10 will also be required.

Go on, take a chance. You know you want to. All the cool kids are doing it! Seriously, register now and save $250.

Book your hotel now, too. If possible, stay at the conference hotel, the New Orleans Marriott; you’ll get a conference rate once you’ve registered. It’s possible to  trim that cost by rooming with another attendee; watch the FinCon blog for info on writers who want to buddy up.

Hope to see you there. If you do plan to attend, let me know and we’ll stage a mini-meetup of our own.

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  1. Oh man, do I ever want to be there! Donna, do you think that you could do a couple of posts on it (high lights, best of, networking feedback, etc) for the poor souls who’s holiday time has been confiscated by family visits and can’t be there? I’d love to “see” the conference through your eyes!

    And on a similar note, are you still heading for the Annual Bachelor Auction in Alaska in December? I’m saving air miles for that!!

    • Donna Freedman

      I may very well write about the conference, so stay tuned.
      And definitely will return to Talkeetna. It’s a birthday tradition! If you really think you can make it, get in touch; the more people we pack into the top floor of the Latitude 62, the cheaper it gets for everybody.

  2. Catseye

    I’d love to be there, Donna, especially since it’s in the Big Easy. But, I’m not working full time right now and wouldn’t feel right about spending the money. One of these days!

  3. Oh would love to be there.. It sounds like a great event. But I am on tight this days. I will share this to my friends, Donna. Thanks for sharing.

  4. As you know I’ll be missing it, again, but I hope you all have a grand ole time!

  5. Have a great time! New Orleans in September should be pretty nice.

  6. Everyone wants you! ;p Take that as you please.

  7. Donna, thanks for sharing this info and thanks for being a part of what is sure to be another great event. Really looking forward to your talk in NOLA!

  8. I went last year and can’t wait to go again this year now that I’ve been blogging for a year. Looking forward to meeting you and attending the session.

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