I've been reading Miss Snark almost since its inception. I often hear the term "it's not for me" or "it doesn't fit me," referring to anagent who is declining to represent the work. Assuming the genre is a match, what exactly do those phrases mean? Is this just more publishing lingo for "your writing sucks?"
No, it doesn't mean your writing sucks, it means I'm not your biggest fan. I don't like coffee ice cream, so in essence, it's not for me, but that doesn't mean it's the most vile concontion in the world.
"Not for Me" means, well, it's ok, but I'm just not getting behind this one. Or, the writing's good, but not great. Or, the story is good, but not fantastic, and I'm too busy for nonfantasitc stuff right now. Agents cannot, I repeat, cannot write detailed rejection letters to everyone. It is physically impossible. "Not for me" is a way for us to say that you'd find better luck with a different agent who can get more excited about your work.