AGENT'S REJECTION: Dear ______:[BTW, If there are other agents out there who would like to send in similar case studies anonymously demonstrating how not to respond to rejection...or better yet, how to respond to rejection, we welcome you warmly. Keep the examples coming.]
Thanks for the query but I'm not the right agent for you. I found your writing style a little too stiff for me to feel I could find you the right publisher. But I wish you much luck connecting with someone who doesn't share my reservations. Signed, Secret Agent
REJECTED WRITER'S RESPONSE:Thanks for your considered reply.
I would have preferred a plain, flat rejection (your first sentence would have been sufficient). Your added effort to say “ a little too stiff” without any further explanation leaves me with more questions than the answer/s of a simple rejection.