Seriously people, I can’t say I’m shocked at getting snarky replies to slush rejections. I keep the reading schedule as tight as life and other four letter words allow, but I just don’t see the value of it. Unless you are dead certain you will never need to work with someone in the future, the worth of attacking them, even mildly is certainly negative. Agent’s become editors, editors change houses, writers become agents or editors, and sometimes move to yet another position. I know there are a very small number of people in the business who wouldn’t be in my top five favorite people to be stranded on an island with, but well I doubt any of them actually know this. There is simply no point in being crass because someone doesn’t like your work. Universal appeal will happen just after world peace, calorie free triple chocolate shakes, and reality tv shows that really are.
Anyone who wants to explain this to me feel free.