As I mentioned in another post, I respond quickly to queries, and this has led some people to apparently think that either I have some sort of automated system that detects queries and rejects them automatically or that I, myself, am a machine. Many times people actually “test” whether my responses are real, either by sending a hostile e-mail or by directly accusing me of having an auto-rejecter.
I really really don’t like to pick on aspiring writers, I know it’s not a easy, it’s tough dealing with rejection, and I try to make it as painless as possible for people, hence this blog.
If I could invent a query machine that could reliably detect a query in my inbox, decide whether it’s good or bad, send an appropriate response and not inundate everyone who e-mails me with random rejection letters, trust me — I’d be standing in line at the patent office dreaming of the millions I’ll make off of my artificial intelligence super-duper e-mail reader. If I myself were a machine I would be standing in line at the patent office patenting myself.
Step away from the science fiction novel, my friends. This is all real.