Hi Mindi,

Thank you for your patience while I read your sample chapters. I enjoyed reading them, but I'm sorry to say that I will have to pass as I represent a manuscript that is too similar in theme. Had this not been a conflict, I would have most likely requested a full. Perhaps it will work out with another agent.

I wish you success in all of your publishing endeavors, and I thank you for querying me.

Best,

[Agent]

Tears of frustration over this one. 

Of course, a "would have most likely requested a full" is not the same is "I would have offered representation."   But we'll never know.  And now, of course, I know she's shopping something else that is "similar in theme" enough that mine would compete!