It's been running since July of 2012. In that time span I've received ONE reply that was slightly snotty.
Then Saturday, I got this:
"Why don't you read the inside of my butt, you smartass little cunt."
Now, you might think this would get me all ruffled and righteously angry.
You'd be wrong.
My first, last and only thought is "whew! Dodged a bullet on this one!'
Part of the query process is sorting out the folks you want to work with from the sort you don't. Guess where this querier falls? And so nice to know so early in the process.
Can you imagine the querier's response to an editorial rejection? To a "review" on GoodReads? An Amazon one-star review?
I really do have to laugh because along with that email I got about eight others that thanked me, either just very politely and simply or much more effusively. I know this guy is an amusing anomaly in a long run of otherwise amazing interactions.
I will say this though: this is the kind of response that burns bridges forever. There's absolutely no coming back from this no matter how sincere any kind of follow up might be.
Queriers are in a tough position. There's absolute no doubt about that. But, you can make it worse, and flying off the handle is one very good way to do it. Flying off the handle with insulting, invective filled language is a better, faster way. Flying off the handle with insulting, invective filled language when you know you agreed NOT to is the very best, fastest, most thorough way. Please don't find out for yourself.