Let's say you've revised many, many times and you've begun the process of sending out your manuscript. You get one personal rejection from an editor of a big house and one personal rejection from an agent, neither of which explain why they've turned it down. The editor says it was a pleasure to consider the work.First of all, you're rethinking your approach after two rejections?! Readers, please help this sweet, demented person.
At this point, do you keeping trying for the big leagues or go for the smaller presses? Or return to the revising process?
Secondly, unhelpful, non-specific rejections are not exactly what I'd call "personal".
But we do need better names for these things. Readers, will you help me name the following rejection categories, please? Points for imagination and humor, but also points for clarity and usability.
1: no response or a pre-printed rejection
2: a rejection letter with your name on it, but no meaningful feedback
3: a rejection letter with your name on it and meaningful feedback
4: a rejection letter with your name on it and meaningful feedback and an invitation to resubmit