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As the [livejournal.com profile] ra_log approaches its first birthday, I find myself thinking more and more about rejections and the ensuing art of rejectomancy. Personally, I spend a good deal of time pursuing the higher art of prognostojection*, which allows me to see a great deal of rejectomancy in practice.

Rejectomancy is, for those who don't know, the art of reading between the lines of a rejection to see into the soul (assuming they have one**) of the editor, slush reader, or agent who rejected your masterwork. I'm certain some writers light some incense and slaughter a goat to do this, but I prefer the much less messy method of staring at the screen (or actual piece of paper) to gain this insight. blathering on underneath the cut... )
There's a wonderful (and poetical) article in A&A that covers this topic, written by Wendy Delmater, aka [livejournal.com profile] safewrite.

If you know any other good rejectomancy resource, put it in comments and I'll link it here.

*Will discuss tomorrow
**So far, every editor I have worked with appears to be souled. I hear rumors that they're out there, the soulless ones, but so far I've been fortunate.

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