A very interesting take on this "relationship" from a reader (hat tip to Kevin). Agents and authors, take note. As an acquisitions gatekeeper, I can testify that his observation has substantial merit.
"It's got a good beat and I think I can dance to it," used to be the American Bandstand review.
But Savas says, "The vast majority of their songs are about historical events--battles, wars, explorations, philosophy, and so forth."
Indelibility becomes Metaphor = TRUTH. With their very first note, Maiden delivers 'Indelibility'.
So must a manuscript.
"It's very well written and thoroughly researched," is American Bandstand's way of thinking.
Maiden doesn't riff through a couple of songs before going where only they can go. Right off, from the first note, they take you to their THERE.
A manuscript must do the same.
"What's INDELIBLE about your proposal?" is THE question to ask.
The answer begins at Word One.