Dear Miss Snark,
After querying my favorite agent, who heads an eponymous agency, I received a response a few weeks later -- except it wasn't from the agent, or any other agent there. Could it be a reader? A secretary? I dunno, but this mystery person thanked me for the query and said, "I've read your material, and am not enthusiastic enough about it to feel that we're the agency for you."
Now, I dunno, do small agencies make group rejections, like, is this basically a rejection from all 2 or 3 agents at the entire agency? Should I query the others, or have I already been permanently shown the door?
You're done. It doesn't matter who read or signed the letter. Look at what it says:
"not right for me" leaves some wiggle room but "we're not the agency for you" is pretty much the game, set and match.
Quit focusing on favorites and play the field. Query widely.