I have yet to complete my manuscript, but as the recipient of many I can see and understand the struggle. As a publisher I struggle with responding, I don't want to send a form letter or an uncaring e-mail. I know the writers are looking for feedback, some kind of input, but what to say. So, basically I say nothing. Stephen Markley has written a book about the process of trying to get a book published. Published This Book is a hilarious look at the life of a writer and is being published by Chicago's Sourcebooks.
Not only are they publishing this innovative book, but they are running a valuable promotion in conjunction. If you purchase Markley's book between March 9th and May 9th you will have the opportunity to submit your own manuscript to Sourcebooks and within two to six months you will receive a 2-4 paragraph critique of your submission. It's the opportunity to finally get some feedback on that project that you can't understand why it is being rejected. You can find more information on the "Tearing Down The Walls" promotion at Sourcebooks.