Matthew J. Franck
Robert P. George
William J. Haun
David T. Koyzis
Robert T. Miller
James R. Rogers
Russell E. Saltzman
All writers know it’s difficult to get form rejection letters from magazines and journals, but take comfort: if you ever make it, you can send form rejection letters back à la Edmund Wilson:
Well, I wouldn’t say I ‘take comfort’ in sending similar form replies, but they have become a practical necessity in an age when the internet makes access to known-figures so easy. If I had a dime for every e-note that started “Dear Dr. Peters, I just have a quick question about canon …” that was not, in fact or in law, a quick question at all.
Evelyn Waugh did this, too—or rather, he had preprinted postcards thanking his correspondents for their interest in his work and regretting he was unable to help them with whatever they had requested of him. It was worded more elegantly than I just did, and more politely than what he characteristically wanted to tell them.
I would put something like this as an automatic email / phone reply…if the state bar wouldn’t put my head on a platter for doing it…