"I don't expect a carefully worded, exquisitely written rejection letter that strokes my ego. I simply expect a rejection as professional as the original query. Period. Writers know that a query is really the literary equivalent of the cattle call audition for actors. If you can't put up with rejection, you shouldn't be auditioning. But what some agents don't seem to realize is that their rejection skills - or lack thereof - speak volumes about the way they conduct their business. If I do my job by sending a professional query, I'm entitled to a professional response. In other words, a clean piece of paper. A date. A simple "thank you, does not meet our needs, good luck elsewhere." A signature (a squiggle is fine, you can do it while you talk to important people on the phone; that's what my boss used to do). And please: Spare me the compliments unless they're followed by an invitation to submit. If I didn't think my work was good, I wouldn't be sending it in the first place. As for the vast swampland on your desk...if you'll clean my house while I write, maybe I'll read through the queries for you. Sound fair?"
I imagine we will be hearing from our old friend Editor, Advising on this one.