I was going through my latest round of rejections today, and noticed a common thread ... the words every dumpee hears at some point: "It's not you, it's me."
"Unfortunately we do not feel that we would be successful in marketing this work.”
"This project does not meet the current needs of our publishing program."
"We've concluded that [agency name] is not going to be the right fit for your project.”
“I’m afraid this doesn't seem like the right project for me.”
“Unfortunately, your project is not right for us at this time.”
"We are not the right agency for your work."
“This is not for me.”
“Your project doesn't appear to be a good fit for our list at this time.”
"Unfortunately I've decided that this project is not for me.”
“I don't feel I'm the right agent for this one.”
"We do not feel that it would be the best fit for our agency.”
All very proper and polite, just like the sympathetic let's-be-friends hug that the girl gives you when she's done stomping all over your heart ... OMG ... I'm that guy ...