Rather than send a form rejection, I replied thus:
Dear Mr. (Name),Only after I hit send (and drank another shot of coffee to clear my brain!) did I realize what I'd opened myself up to. I've sent these kind of emails previously, and lived to regret it.
I keep a blog that gives out what I hope is helpful information about how to query.
Here's a post link to How To Send a Query
There are many other posts on the subject of query letters as well.
What you sent to me today can't be evaluated but rather than a form rejection,
I'm emailing you to say take a mulligan; do it over.
Very best wishes,
So, this evening, I was nicely surprised, and very heartened to receive this:
I'm a terrible golfer, so I'm quite familiar with the mulligan concept. I have several per nine holes.
Thank you for the guidance. I'm as blind to the process as one could get, so it is much appreciated.
So, when you get an email that says "not that, but this" you now have a template for what to say in return.
Even if your name isn't Fore.