I have, by now, accumulated quite a few rejection letters.
Rejection is rejection, no matter what the wording. But still, some have stung less than others. Some have even made me smile.
These are my two favorite ones:
This sounds promising but I'm not really looking for this kind of book right now so have decided to pass. Don't be discouraged -- I'm looking for dark crime and thrillers right now. Your query is quite appealing and I'm positive other agents will reply to it with interest, so keep trying elsewhere.
Best of luck.
Thank you for writing to me about your project. I'm so sorry for the impersonal response, I hate to do this. The Friedrich Agency used to respond directly to each query, but the letters have now reached a volume that is frankly unmanageable. Writing a good book or a good proposal is among the hardest things in the world to do; I promise, we're not unsympathetic! You have our word that we are reading every single query letter that comes our way, but from now on, we're only responding personally if we're sufficiently curious and would like to read further. Please don't take offense at this Draconian measure-- there is undoubtedly a wonderful agent out there for whom your book might just be the perfect match. Toward that end, I wish you all the best of luck!
I really like the last one here, how it manages to side step an actual rejection.
And the first one- so sweetly worded.
That is all for now.
Sorry for the lack of blogging, but life is getting in the way.
Life's a bitch, sometimes. It can be that car that pulls up beside you and smiles politely. Or it can be that car that comes careening into your lane head on, leaving you swerving and breathless and swearing, which is sort of how I'm feeling right now.
Issues for another day, perhaps.