Here’s how my rating system works:
- Category 1: Rejection includes feedback specific to the manuscript, or some other attempt by the editor to personalize the rejection, up to and including food stains.
- Category 2: Rejection includes both my name and the editor’s name.
- Category 3: Rejection includes either my name or the editor’s name, but not both.
- Category 4: Rejection makes no reference to the existence of me or the editor.
- Category 5: Rejection strongly suggests that no further attempt be made to contact the publisher. I think I’ve gotten only two of these — one from a publisher that had just switched to a Canadian-only policy, the other on a piece of stationery that included a smiling cartoon mouse and the words “Legal Department.”
So anyway, whenever I submit something to an editor I received a Category 1 from, I’m reminded of the old joke about the guy who lost his car keys a block away.
“So why are you looking for them here?” a friend asks.
“The light’s better.”
I’ll find out eventually whether I sent the manuscript to the right place, or just where the light was better.