Every single day there are 20 query letters waiting for me.
No jacket flap copy to tell me it's a masterpiece, no blurbs, no marketing copy.
Just raw pages.
One of the very very hardest things about being an agent is learning to read stuff and identify really good things with no clues. Frankly, I'm still not as skilled at that as I hope to be (take comfort all you undiscovered masters out there!).
I think of that when I read things like this in the Washington Post.
And I always give money to street musicians.