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Amy Inouye
Los Angeles
Chicken Boy's mom (aka the Statue of Liberty of Los Angeles), book designer, and gallerista
Interests: visual art, historic preservation, relational art, funny art, cheap & delicious ethnic dining, arty crafts, yoga & dancing
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The California Office of Historic Preservation has prepared videos on all the 2012 Award winners, including our project... Relighting the Historic Signs of Figueroa Street See the California State Office of Historic Preservation YouTube channel for videos on the other ten awardees. Continue reading
Posted Jan 11, 2013 at Highland Park Lights
That's WE as in the community of Highland Park, and every individual and organization who helped in the amazing group effort to relight the Highland Theatre and Manning's Coffee Store signs. That's Governor as in Jerry Brown and the California Office of Historic Preservation! Only a handful of awards are... Continue reading
Posted Oct 16, 2012 at Highland Park Lights
Relighting the Historic Signs of Figueroa Street Project is the winner of a 2011 Highland Park Heritage Trust Award! Click on the link below to download a 28-page PDF which has a mini-history of the Highland Theatre and Manning's relighting project. Download AboutRelightingHPProject Continue reading
Posted May 4, 2012 at Highland Park Lights
Thank you to everyone who came out for the Manning's switch-flipping ceremony. Here are a bunch of links to videos, articles, and photo albums: VIDEOS from the Manning's Relighting event: Countdown courtesy Waltarrrrr Ceremony courtesy Arroyo Seco Journal STORIES from the Manning's Relighting event: Arroyo Seco Journal Eastsider LA EGP... Continue reading
Posted Feb 6, 2012 at Highland Park Lights
I recently got an assignment to put together an art catalog involving around 60 artists (me being one of them). I was sent a list of artists, a boatload of images that mostly had the artists' names in the titles, and a web site to refer to. I requested a spreadsheet from the project coordinator but it never came, then I began to hear from artists wondering about the status of the catalog, so I decided to breathe deep and belly=flopped in the pool by first cross-checking the list against the web site. Most of it matched, but several new... Continue reading
Posted Jan 3, 2012 at How to Make a Book
You are invited to the relighting of the Manning’s historic rooftop sign Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2012 • 4:30 pm @ Highland Park Farmers Market from Figueroa to Marmion, between Ave. 57 & Ave. 58 (Gold Line station adjacent) Come early to shop and eat (the market opens at 3 pm).... Continue reading
Posted Dec 6, 2011 at Highland Park Lights
We have just learned that the Manning’s Coffee Store sign restoration project has been awarded a grant from the National Trust for Historic Preservation and the Los Angeles County Preservation Fund. The work starts asap, with anticipated completion in the fall.Watch this space for news. “As we expand our work... Continue reading
Posted Aug 18, 2011 at Highland Park Lights
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Posted Dec 26, 2010 at Highland Park Lights
DONATIONS FOR MANNING'S STILL NEEDED... see list below for sponsorship opportunities... Show Your Highland Park Pride! We're re-lighting the 1924 HIGHLAND THEATRE rooftop sign--an exposed bulb sign that is that largest, tallest, most visible rooftop sign along Highland Park's Figueroa Street commercial district (along Historic Route 66), and... we're preserving... Continue reading
Posted Nov 7, 2010 at Highland Park Lights
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Mar 15, 2010
Here's the deal--you're thinking about a very time-consuming project and you're going to be making course corrections and project-changing decisions along the way, which no amount of planning can anticipate. The journey is the destination times a hundred. You gotta jump in. No big buts. Make a schedule and a goal stick to it. A page a day, a half-hour a day, every morning before work, whatever. This is your new part-time job. No buts at all. Starting now. Continue reading
Posted Dec 10, 2009 at How to Make a Book
No really, this is part of determining your own commitment to a a very solitary and time-consuming project. If it's cause you think it's a way to fortune, it's kind of not. Book world is like entertainment world--many hard-working, equally-talented people toiling in obscurity and then someone hits it big. That lucky someone will try and tell the story of believing in your dreams, but it happens not that often and we don't want to rain on your parade, but the JK Rowlings are few and far between. If you think it's a way to fame, see above. If you... Continue reading
Posted Dec 1, 2009 at How to Make a Book
You know how when people say: “there's a lot more work for you down the line if...,” or “I know a lot of people who can help you if...,” you immediately think RUN!? In Book World, invoking the Oprah is the same thing. Nine out of ten pitches and authors invoke the Oprah (as in, “I know that I can get on Oprah with this”) and that is just a big red flag which makes us think oh-no-she-he-didn't. We love Oprah and what she has done for Book World but it just isn't going to happen, and if it does,... Continue reading
Posted Sep 25, 2009 at How to Make a Book
Pick a style guide and stick to it--reference books like Words into Type, The Chicago Manual of Style, etc. Refer to it for stuff like series commas, capitalizations, abbreviations. Consistency is what you are after and you might as well start at the beginning of the process. I also highly recommend keeping a list (handwritten or spreadsheet) of words you use over and over which may have different variations--names, cities, companies--then you can refer to it so that it is always used consistently. Confirm spellings of names at the start, refer to your list, and make sure to double-check yourself.... Continue reading
Posted Sep 16, 2009 at How to Make a Book
A book proposal is a business plan for your project. And you are not just the author, you are the star of the show. Your name will be on the book, you are its spokesmodel. Parts of a typical book proposal: • Short description of the book • Your bio and credentials to write this book; other books and published articles by you, include any reviews of your work • Book outline (chapter listing with brief descriptions) • Sample chapter • Who's your audience? (Be specific, do some research) • Who's your competition? (List similar books and talk about what... Continue reading
Posted Sep 15, 2009 at How to Make a Book
A full-on book proposal is a lot of work. It used to be a necessity for finding a publisher or agent. It would include information such as an outline for your book, a sample chapter, research on similar books, who do you think your audience is, why would they be interested in this book, your resume and credentials for writing it, what format you think it should take and why, even cover art suggestions, and how you plan on supporting and publicizing it. I've heard of books being sold on a one-sentence pitch over coffee. But then again, the full-on... Continue reading
Posted Sep 7, 2009 at How to Make a Book
I hear this all the time. Heck, I think this all the time. But for me, it mostly vaporizes. For you, perhaps it keeps re-surfacing. Do you want to pursue your idea? Here's a couple of suggestions to start. This might seem like “duh” but it's really not. • Write it down. A one-sentence description. • Research it. Has someone else done a similar book? Is there room for another? • If you keep thinking about it, make an outline. • Keep thinking about your book project and refine your outline. The more you refine it, the better it should... Continue reading
Posted Sep 3, 2009 at How to Make a Book