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Pocket Parks Publishing publishes guides to pocket parks and public spaces in the U.S. beginning with our first guide, BEST Pocket Parks of NYC. These little green spaces in the middle of the city pop up as you are walking around, but no one knew their history or why they were built other than readers of a text book. My guide gives history and information about the best pocket parks in New York City and soon we will add a guide to London’s pocket parks.
People have reached out to me from all over the world telling me about their city. I hope to include guides to Washington, DC, Los Angeles, CA, Barcelona, Spain and even Sydney, Australia. All of these places see the necessity for green space in the middle of their bustling city. I will find the best of them and put them in city-specific guides to emulate my New York City guide creating a bigger company than I have now inspired by guides such as Not For Tourists or Passporter.
LinkedIn will help me gain sales by spreading the word to this niche market of adventurous travelers and already has. LinkedIn is where I receive many of my emails telling me about the best cities. It helps direct me to the most public space-rich locations around the world and led me to London’s Pocket Park Program which was completed in August 2015. The city granted individuals and organizations money to renovate or create small parks in places that have been unused until then. Their organizers are giving me the information and images to produce the London book because they would rather not pay for a book themselves. This is a win-win situation for me!
With the increased interest in green issues, my small publishing company can only grow and when it does, I will be able to hire more contractors to write more of the planned guides. My goal is to outearn my husband after his diagnosis of multiple myeloma last year, so I am a motivated business owner who has won several pitch plan contests within the military entrepreneur community of which I am a member as a military spouse.
I hope you find my niche business as exciting as I do! Thank you for the opportunity to enter the contest.