Dear Miss Snark: I am getting a curious variation on the form rejection theme. Agents are hand writing notes that contain the same sorts of comments you see in form rejections: Sorry, not for me. Thanks for the read, but I'm taking no new clients currently. Nice style, but I didn't feel as strongly as an agent needs to. Some have even written full paragraphs, again repeating what I've seen in form rejections. I have received individualized comments as well, but I'm curious why an agent would take time to hand write responses that would fit into an easy-to-send form rejection?
We're hand writing rejections cause the printer is tied up.
We're hand writing rejections cause we ran out of forms.
We're hand writing rejections cause we're on hold, reading the slush pile and can't find the forms.
We're hand writing them on the train away from the office; on the ferry; on the bus; waiting in airport terminal lounges on our way to Madison Wisconsin.
You can obsess over this if you have cured cancer and solved the problems of the Middle East. Not till then, ok?
No matter what form "no" takes, it's not the answer you're looking for. Parse your sentences, not our replies.