Yesterday I received the following letter in the mail (edited to exclude personal information):
Re: Bands of Blood - Now retitled
Thanks for your nice reply.
Just a follow-up since you took the time to write my name and sign the form letter.
I now have an agent. Here is what he says:
(what the person's agent says)
I often wonder what one person sees in a project that another doesn't see.
Since that writing three major publishing houses are reading the book.
Thanks for the luck wish looks like it has come true.
And then, on top of that nice little letter, he sent it back with my form rejection letter enclosed. Let me say, once and for all, that's just bad form, people.
Every single agent I know uses form rejection letters, and does so because they save immense amounts of time in the process. They may be impersonal, but if I think your writing is getting there, I write little notes alongside the letter, before I send it out. This guy must have been a query reject, since he's not in my manuscript log.
Please, please, please be polite to agents. It's only common courtesy. And for the record, this is what my form rejection letter says (and I sincerely mean every word of it too):
Dear (and here I write the author's name):
Thank you for thinking of the L. Perkins Agency. Unfortunately, at this time, I must decline your request for representation. Please keep in mind that I welcome queries from authors who have previously submitted projects to me. I wish you the best of luck in your writing career.
(signature of my name)
L. Perkins Agency