We had 25 rounds where every person who replied adhered to our social contract not to reply with something insulting.
That ended Saturday night.
I had kind of hoped it could go forever. I know it was unrealistic, I did. But I work in publishing. I'm all about unreality.
The reply wasn't vituperative but it's the kind of thing that makes me cranky:
And I'm sorry to say you sort of confirms my impression of literary agents. You're never satisfied and nothing seems to be good enough for you.
I don't mean to be rude and I'm not saying this to hurt your feelings.
My options for writing now are either to stop altogether or to self-publish my book/s.
And the deeply ironic thing is he received a reply that was utterly tame compared to some of the eviscerations I've sent to writers---writers who responded civilly to what was said, and not with sweeping generalizations about agents that are just plain fuckyou wrong.