I've recently been doing some research into publishers and have come upon an interesting site set up by Harper Collins called Authonomy- authonomy writing community - Helping writers get published
The basis of it seems to be to provide an alternative to the usual 'slush pile' process to allow authors to post their novels- 25 word short pitch, 200 word long pitch and a minimum of 10,000 words on the site to be rated by fellow members. The books with the best ratings make the editor's desk.
Has anybody used this site? What are your opinions?