ETHEL WATERS by LARRY PARR, MUCH MORE THAN BIOGRAPHY

‘His Eye is on the Sparrow’ is more than just rags to riches.

It uncovers self-love.

“His Eye is on the Sparrow” is a spellbinding story about Ethel Waters, a jazz singer born into poverty in Philadelphia back in 1896. Her love for music, comedic nature and by-any-means-necessary attitude did not let her live in dearth. She was able to soar past her early dreams of becoming a rich white woman’s maid, to a successful jazz star, with a slight reputation of being difficult that, most times, worked in her favor.

As the lights lit the stage, it reminded me of a simple old church revival. There was one wooden piano accompanied by wooden benches and floor. I immediately felt a religious presence. Not an overwhelming one, but enough to bring me into the moment.

Ethel Waters. I knew the name, but did not know the story. I could remember my grandmother and her mother playing her music. Back then, my young ears knew nothing of the pain and happiness she sang and how those notes hit everything so perfectly. I didn’t know her childhood ended at 13 when she was married to an abusive man on the premises of not becoming a whore. I couldn’t fathom how scared she was to survive an awful car accident, wake up in a mental asylum, escape to a hospital for Blacks to almost have her leg amputated. I couldn’t envision her horror of seeing the aftermath of a lynching, and having to flee her own gig because she might be next. I couldn’t imagine being a woman and constantly searching for love, when you don’t even know what it is

 

One thing that rang in my head while watching Torie Wiggins play her character, is that this woman just didn’t have a heart. I knew she could feel hurt, pain and happiness from the way her voice sailed smoothly from her lips. But I don’t believe her heart ever felt these emotions. It wasn’t connected. She survived three marriages, without the child that she so desperately wanted. Even though her mother did not give her the love she deserved as a child, she still made arrangements to care for her until the day she died. She navigated through racial tensions in the Jim Crow era demanding respect and the same treatment as the “white folk” she shared stages with. Ethel Waters was nothing short of strong, determined and courageous. She was barrier-breaking. She was spontaneous. She was loud. Yet, she didn’t know what love was.

She yearned for it, and even when received it from one of her husbands she didn’t recognize it. She simply did not how to love. As women, we are known for being loving and maternal. These are usually characteristics we are taught from a young age. I do not have any children, but I know and to the best of by ability understand what love is and with these feelings can’t wait to bring a life into this world. Rounding the end of the play, I anxiously wanted Ethel to find love.

Well, she found it in food. She gained over 200 pounds and in return received diabetes. It soon became hard for her to stand for periods of time and she was too big for chairs. Finally, she let white Preacher Billy Graham in her life. The reason I make the distinction of his ethnicity is that Ethel didn’t believe they knew the same God, with her being a Black woman. Billy set her straight, telling her God is who you believe him to be and he loves everyone who believes in him. From there, Ethel sang in his crusades and was surrounded by people that wanted to do nothing but uplift her. People who wanted People who wanted nothing from her but to believe in her. She became healthy and happy again.

Now, Ethel never limited her vocal ability to just jazz. She sang all over on different tours on the black circuits, and the white circuits. Inevitably, she made more money in the white circuits — concerts, Broadway performances, Hollywood movies and TV appearances.

Congratulations to Ashot Tadavosyan, winner of Eaton Literary Agency’s 35th Annual Awards Program

Eaton Literary Agency is proud to announce that Ashot Tadevosyan of Philadelphia, PA, was the winner of their 35th Annual Awards Program prize of $500.00 for the best short story received by the agency in the last year, entitled PHILOSOPHY.

Ashot is an extremely prolific writer whose stories capture and hold the imagination.

For more information about Eaton Literary Agency’s Annual Awards Program, see their website at www.eatonliterary.com, or ask for a brochure:

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Eaton Literary Agency receives 2019 American Excellence Award.

Eaton Literary Agency Inc receives 2019 American Excellence Award 

May 7th 2019 –  Eaton Literary Agency Inc has been selected for the 2019 American Excellence Award amongst all its peers and competitors by the US Economic Institute (USEI).

Each year the USEI conducts business surveys and industry research to identify companies that have achieved demonstrable success in their local business environment and industry category. They are recognized as having enhanced the commitment and contribution of small businesses through service to their customers and community. Companies of this caliber enhance the consumer driven stature that USEI strives to recognize.

Eaton Literary Agency Inc has consistently demonstrated a high regard for upholding business ethics and company values. This recognition by USEI marks a significant achievement as an emerging leader within various competitors and is setting benchmarks that the industry should follow.

As part of the industry research and business surveys, various sources of information were gathered and analyzed to choose the selected companies in each category. This research is part of an exhaustive process that encapsulates a year long immersion in the business climate of its industry.

Interview with Eaton Literary Agency, another agent, and a publisher.

FINDING A LITERARY AGENCY

 

One of the most-difficult things for authors is navigating the conflicting advice about breaking into the publishing industry. I recently sat down with Richard Lawrence, President of one of the longest-lived and most-successful literary agencies, Eaton Literary Agency; Ruth, an employee of a literary agency in New York; and Bob, an editor with one of the major publishers in the United States.

Ruth and Bob asked that their companies not be identified. “We’re inundated right now,” said Ruth, “and are not looking for submissions at the moment.”

Richard explained that Eaton Literary Agency’s mission is to get as many new authors published as possible, and kind of karmic repay for those who helped him when he was young. “If we accept extra work for presentation to publishers, we just hire more agents to help us with it.”

The topic we discussed was new authors. Richard’s and Ruth’s agencies have very different approaches. Ruth’s agency does not offer editorial services to authors. Her agency accepts authors on the merits of their works and whether or not she feels she can place the authors’ works as she receives them.

“One of the most-discouraging things about working with authors,” says Ruth, “is that we have to deal with their misconceptions fostered upon them by well-meaning but often blatantly wrong high-school English teachers, college professors, friends, relatives, how-to write books, magazines, and local writing clubs. One woman contacted me just last week, after we rejected her work. I explained to her how fiercely competitive the market is. Lots and lots of people write these days. I explained to her that her work showed a lot of promise, but that it needed a great deal of editorial work before traditional publishers would take it seriously.

“She said, ‘My English teacher told me it’s your job to work with me on my manuscript until it’s ready to go to publishers. That’s how you earn your commission.’

“I explained that no agent can provide extensive editorial services without charging for them, and that our agency works with professional writers – those authors whose works are already publisher-ready. We do not offer editorial services. No agency I know offers them without charging for them. Charging for editorial services is the only way agencies can afford to offer them.”

Eaton Literary Agency does provide editorial services, if they see a manuscript with a strong potential but that needs editorial work before it could be considered by publishers. But they, too, are plagued by authors who believe bad advice. Richard said, “Just last week, an author called me, irate, because we offered editorial services on her work for a fee. I was surprised, since our clients are usually very grateful to work with us. She said, ‘Agencies do not charge for editorial services. It’s their job. That’s how they earn their commissions.’

“I explained that agencies earn commissions by finding the right publisher and negotiating contracts for their authors’ works, but editorial services are above and beyond that service, and that no agency can offer editorial services without charging for them.

“She said, ‘That’s just not true. My creative writing teacher told me so. I demand that you give me these services for free.’

“I suggested that if she knows of an agency that provides extensive editorial work for free, that’s who she should work with.”

Ruth burst out laughing. “So now I know where the author came from who demanded we work on her manuscript for free. You sent her to us!”

Of course, Richard did not directly send her to them, but this sort of ignorance seems rampant. From the ensuing conversation, it became clear that agents and publishers hear from many demanding authors who do not behave professionally.

Bob, the editor with a major national publisher, broke in. “Publishers like manuscripts that come from agents, because we know they have been screened. Good agents send us only professionally written manuscripts, which cuts down tremendously on our time. I know if I get a manuscript from Ruth or from Richard, the manuscript will be ready for our consideration – Ruth because she works only with established authors and Richard because he provides professional guidance to authors who probably would not otherwise have a chance with traditional publishers.”

Sometimes publishers will deal with only one agent, if they are impressed with the quality of the work. One publisher strongly prefers to receive manuscripts only from Eaton Literary Agency.

Ruth became suddenly sober. “It’s a shame, too, that many authors do not realize how they are harming their careers by being demanding. Agents talk to each other and to publishers and producers. That’s what we do! So if you get a bad reputation for being demanding and difficult to work with, or if you insist on believing advice from nonprofessionals, that reputation spreads like a bad rash throughout the publishing industry, and once you have a bad reputation, it’s difficult to remedy.”

Today, there are many ways to become published. Self-publishing may satisfy your ego, but it is usually a financial dead end. Traditional publishing is where the big money possibilities are for authors, and agents are the gateways to traditional publishing. All three of the people I interviewed stressed how important it is for authors to play well with others, present the best-possible manuscripts to publishers, and be very wary of advice from well-meaning friends, publications, and teachers who are not actually involved in the publishing industry. If you get advice from an established literary agent or publisher, consider it very carefully. It may change your life.

If you have a question about a company’s integrity, the Better Business Bureau is always the best way to check out any company.

 

Congratulations to Eaton Literary Agency’s 35 years of service to authors

“I can’t thank the Eaton Agency enough for the tireless effort they put into finding the right home for my book.”  J. S.

“I would like to say that from both my correspondence with you and the conversations that my financial counselor and I have had with your agency, we are both impressed with your professionalism.  You are right on top of things, and I believe my book is in the best of hands.”  J. T.

“There are so many things I could say, but all I will say is thanks so very much for caring.  (Another literary agency) never cared this much, nor did (an international manuscript service), who handled my first novel without success.”  W. I.

“I want to take this opportunity to thank you for all that you have done on my behalf.  I am impressed with your expertise.  When we reach the best-seller list, it will be due to your assistance.”  T. O.

Congratulations to Eaton Literary Agency Client, Kathleen Chadwick

DEFIANT SOULS by Kathleen Chadwick *****

Can one inexperienced young man stand between Satan and the rise of a powerful force in the world?  As Kyle unearths more clues from relics that indicate evil’s long history, he finds he must prevent a transformation that joins two disparate entities into one powerful force.  His youth is on his side:  He’s treated like a kid, when in actuality he’s growing into being a formidable opponent himself.

With its fast-paced action, cast of characters ranging from the youthful, impulsive Kyle to his aunt, Jack, and others caught in the growing web of evil and its explosive confrontations, DEFIANT SOULS will be thoroughly enjoyed by horror fans who will appreciate the progressive evolution, twists of plot, and the journey of a young adult to manhood against impossible odds.

D. Donovan, Senior Reviewer, Midwest Book Review

Congratulations to Eaton Literary Agency, a five-star-rated Literary Agency now in their 35th year of helping authors become published.

*****

“Thank you for performing a miracle by having both of my books published so quickly!”

*****

“I wanted to take some time out of my busy schedule between book tours to thank you again for all your hard work in placing my three books and many articles.  I can’t believe the success that has come to me because of your efforts, and I know it would never have happened if I hadn’t found you.  Thank you for your guidance and for beginning my career.”  J. Frank Brumbaugh,

 

*****

“Let me thank Eaton Literary Agency for choosing my novel as the winner of your Annual Awards Program.  The money is wonderful and could not have come at a better time.  Most of all I appreciate the recognition the prestigious award brings to nine years of my work.”  John Tarlton, A WINDOW FACING WEST.

 

*****

“I always had a dream of becoming a published author but knew it was an impossible dream, since I have dyslexia.  You made the impossible possible through your guidance and tireless efforts in my behalf.  Thank you so much for the publication of my three stories, all within a few months!”  R. J. Bernotus

 

 

Congratulations to Eaton Literary Agency Author Rhonda Kazmierski

Congratulations to Eaton Literary Agency client, Rhonda Kazmierski, whose book, SHADOW OF EVIL, was recently acquired by Commonwealth Books and will be published soon.

What happens when a senator and his family, and their houseguests, including the President of the United States, are threatened by terrorists who plan to murder them during their Christmas celebration? This wonderful novel contains enough twists and turns to keep readers enthralled until the very exciting climax.

Watch for this wonderfully exciting soon-to-be-released novel, available wherever quality books are sold.

 

Congratulations To Eaton Literary Agency’s Client, Rufus J. Brooks, Jr.

Congratulations to Eaton Literary Agency’s client, Rufus J. Brooks Jr., on the publication of his fine novel, EVERY TIME THE PHONE RINGS.

Seven young women from well-to-do families became friends during their days at their private school. During a freak electrical storm, the school caught fire and burned to the ground. The young women returned to their families. Years later, one after another apparently committed suicide, yet something didn’t seem right. Only one of the seven remains alive. Special Agent Dormie Shackleford, traveling from one state to another, is determined not only to keep her alive but to solve the mysterious “suicides” and stop whoever is behind it all. Can he solve the mystery? Will he be able to keep the last woman alive and protect her from whoever is behind the ringing phones. . . ?

Published by Commonwealth Books.

Eaton Literary Agency’s Annual Awards Program Deadline March 31, 2019.

The deadline is fast approaching for Eaton Literary Agency’s Annual Awards Program, for the short story and article award for manuscripts under 10,000 words.

A $500.00 (US) prize will be awarded to the winner of their short story and article program open to any unpublished short story or nonfiction work less than 10,000 words. Manuscripts must be postmarked by March 31, 2019, and the prize winner will be notified in April, 2019

Eaton Literary Agency has been in business for 35 years, during which time they have launched the career of hundreds of authors and placed thousands of manuscripts with publishers. For more information about Eaton Literary Agency and their Awards Program, go to http://www.eatonliterary.com. You can also write to them at eatlit@aol.com to request their free brochure.

They are members of the Better Business Bureau with an A+ rating.