I have heard that The Very Lucky will receive comments on their manuscript, even if it's rejected (OK, not THAT lucky!). Do editors ever scribble their notes right on the ms? And therefore... am I risking NOT getting their precious (illegible) words of wisdom by choosing to not having the ms returned? Or does this so seldom happen that it doesn't matter?
I've never gotten a ms back with notes ON the ms. I always get editorial letters. I send individual pages back sometimes if I'm working with a client or close-to-being a client. I really really really avoid sending 16plus ounce packages cause standing in line is a frigging waste of time.
Other people may have different experiences but all experiences before 2002 and the postal reg change are not applicable now.