On July 14 I sent an e-query to Manus Literary Agency. Half an hour ago (that would be five and a half months for those of you who are counting), I received the following response in my email:
Thank you very much for giving us the opportunity to read your submission. We appreciate your considering us for representation of your project.
Unfortunately, after careful review, we have decided that we might not be the right agents for your work. However, we hope that you are not disheartened. This industry is incredibly subjective, and there are many agencies out there with many different tastes. We strongly encourage you to keep submitting elsewhere, as you might already have a bestseller in your hands.
We apologize for the form letter reply, but the volume of submissions we receive has finally made it impossible for us to hand-write responses as we have for so many years. We hope you will understand and forgive us this necessary efficiency. In addition, we do not feel it is proper for us to provide editorial feedback on projects we have decided not to represent.
We wish you the very best of luck and success with your work, and urge you to keep on writing!
Manus & Associates Literary Agency
This is just too rich not to post !