I recently received a form rejection for a partial I sent in. However, inked at the bottom was a handwritten message: "Please keep us in mind for future projects"
Would you say this is an encouraging sign? I mean, obviously, not "please allow me to represent you, oh talented one, and feel free to borrow my Jag any time" encouraging, but at least perhaps "your writing is sufficiently unrepulsive that I wouldn't mind giving you a second bite at the kumquat" encouraging? Or does it not really mean a thing?
I seem to remember you saying that you occasionally scribbled a note or two on your form rejections, and wondered how often you did that and what generally motivated you to do so.
It means you're not one of the 80% sucakage rate but you're not writing something I like well enough yet to read more of. Did you kill a puppy on page one? (Killer Yapp would like to speak to you if that is so) Leer at a buxom blonde rocket scientist on page 14? Forget that I don't read or sell anything remotely "sweet, innocent, or (gag) coming of age" oriented?
I don't mark this often. Maybe once every 500 queries..maybe. Mostly I read things I think have potential to sell, and say "no dice" to the rest.