In the past week, we received 13 replies to rejections.
5 were kind.
5 were neutral.
3 were, quite simply, rude.
6 were professional.
4 had obvious, objective errors.
1 pitched another book. Not recommended. If you're going to submit another work, it's best to do so separately--otherwise, we will associate your new work with the fact that we just said No to you.
Here's the best:
Thanks so much for your prompt reply and for your advice! I went out and bought the book you recommended.
Best of luck to you too!
Here's one in the middle:
thank you. i'll check them out
Him: Not well enough, apparently.
Me: I'm afraid that this is not quite right for us.
Him: It's "not quite right" for 304 other agents either...