An email I received today:
... A form rejection is a paltry return for the time and effort you put into your work ..."
At first I stopped on the "Dear Author" part (an immediate sign of rejection - - why continue to read?) but I track my query letters and responses in an excel file, and so I read on to see who the letter was from.
This response related to a query I sent in August 2009. Yup. Paltriness.
What's worse than a response that takes six months? No response at all. What's worse than a "Dear Author" salutation? No response at all.
I say, "Dear Agent, Thank you for your tardy and paltry response. I appreciate the time it took you to cut and paste your form rejection and send it to me."
Really, in all sincerity, I do.
And, I like the word paltry. :)
Another Tootsie Pop for the jar. I'm good.