Let’s face it: every writer is going to get rejected. But the rejection letter would sting much worse if it contained any of the following “Top Ten Really Unhelpful Comments.”
#10: Not only will I not represent you, but you owe me $79.65 for toner. I’ve never gone through so much red in only three chapters! (I’m sending toner receipt as a separate attachment).
# 9: Be in formed that our agency will not be able or willing to take you as a client because…well, that would just be plain silly.
# 8: Were you sober when you wrote this?
# 7: But look on the bright side: you’re going to have lots more time for other hobbies since it’s clear you’re not a writer.
# 6: Thanks for sending me your manuscript, as you’ve made my decision to retire much easier.
# 5: My agency will not be able to represent you. And, I’m sorry, but I will be able to return your manuscript because I threw up on it.
# 4: While I’m certainly not interested in representing you, I’m enclosing the address of another agent that you should send this manuscript to…because I can’t stand the guy.
# 3: In addition to the recommendation that you stop writing immediately, I also highly recommend that you go get a CaT-Scan.
# 2: After reading only two chapters of your hideous book, I was incredibly envious of the character who died in chapter one.
# 1: I’d give you more reasons why I hated your book, but UPS just delivered the do-it-yourself Electric Shock Therapy Kit I had overnighted to me. I’ve got a whole lot of forgetting to do!
Rejection hurts, huh?