Re: Rejection accepted if written correctly
If you only work with editors who personally respond, you're limiting yourself to about two percent of all the editors out there. Don't assume the editor's name on an e-mail means the editor wrote it. Unless the editor is buying something form you, answering email and sending a rejection is what an intern is for, even when it comes through the editor's e-mail account..
Editors don't use interns because they consider themselves high and mighty, but because there simply isn't time to answer even a fraction of the writers who want a personal reply. In my last stint as an editor, I had four hours per week to actually read manuscripts. Four hours, and just over four hundred manuscripts. Now throw in a couple of hundred e-mails, but no additional time. This is not at all unusual.
Answering everything personally is physically impossible. Ain't Gonna Happen.
Believe me, the relationship you're trying to build is not going to be a good one. I need an intern, and so do most editors out there. If you won't deal with one, you're saying your time is not only more important than mine, but also more important than the time of those other four hundred snail mail writers, and two hundred e-mail writers. Lots of luck with that approach.
But interns do NOT send such rejections. They do what we ask, the way we ask. A rejection like the one in this thread comes from an editor, and probably had very good cause behind it.
Really, too many writers seem to think an editor's primary job is reading manuscripts, snail mail or e-mail, and responding to the writers who submitted them. This is simply not the case, for an editor or an agent. Editors have a magazine to get out, and this, along with handling all the writers who have already sold manuscripts, eats up the time. Agents have numerous published writers to deal with, and only a couple can eat up all the time in a week.