Here's your link for the day: I love Mary Kole's blog. :)
In addition to the link above, you can click on the tag "rejection" on Mary's side bar and read a lot of great posts on the topic.
So, in theory, "personalized" rejections are a good sign. I get that. Intellectually. However, emotionally, those personalized rejections are agonizing because it feels like... oh... so close... but not quite...
I've been getting a lot of those personalized rejections lately. Which, don't get me wrong here, I am very grateful to be moving up the query ladder, and I am especially grateful for ANY response at all, but sitting on this precipice is making me dizzy.
How's your query process going for you? Are you getting more responses addressed "Dear Author" or are you getting some personalized responses?