That’s what I usually write when I’m sending a rejection e-mail. I actually type that out each time I send a rejection. To me, it’s not a form rejection. Sometimes I say, “I do wish you the best of luck.” Sometimes I say, “I’m sorry but it’s not right for me.” Each time I send out one of these rejection e-mails I think I should write something more personal. So I try…. I sit and think about what exactly my intention is.
The first thing I always want to tell the writer is that I really appreciate that they were brave enough to send their manuscript out into the world for someone (in this case, me) to read.
The second thing I really want to convey to them is that just because I’m not saying yes doesn’t mean that someone else won’t.
The last thing is I really want to wish them well on this journey of being a writer.
I guess I’m kind of a moron because even when I’m not zipping through queries at a breakneck speed, when I slow down and remember exactly what my intention is for a rejection e-mail to this writer, what I come up with is:
Thank you for your query. I’m afraid it’s just not right for me. I wish you the best of luck.
Are you ok with getting a “form rejection”? Do you resent it? Do you even care?