Many thanks for the arrival of your letter describing your writing project/s. We must, unfortunately, report that we do not feel sufficiently enthusiastic about the project to pursue it further.
I regret the seemingly impersonal nature of this letter. The agency handles so many letters of query and, wishing to provide a timely response that any author needs and deserves, we have had to depart from the practice of responding personally to letters of query. Please be assured, however, that we continue to consider each query carefully, including yours.
We do appreciate the opportunity to consider your work and wish you much success and pleasure in your writing.
Sincerely, [Literary Assistant]
I have to say, this is probably my favorite rejection letter so far. This line is the most honest that I have seen: We must, unfortunately, report that we do not feel sufficiently enthusiastic about the project to pursue it further.
THAT is the crux of the matter. I don't need flowery compliments in my form letters. They almost make me feel worse, in fact because I know they were written for every writer IN THE WORLD and not just me. I could also do without the lengthy apology for using a form letter. Seriously. I get it.
The day I get a personalized rejection letter with comments and suggestions this form letter will cease to be my favorite, but for now, it is tacked up in a prominent space on my bulletin board.