Do you think it's beneficial to write to published authors about one's unpublished novel--sending sample pages/asking for feedback? A recent book on getting published suggested this approach as opposed to querying agents cold.
I think this is the stupidest damn thing I've heard all day--and that's saying something cause today the papers are full of the upcoming subway strike.
Why anyone would think this is a good idea is beyond me. Do they think published novelists moonlight as editors? Or that perhaps published authors consider offering feedback a light novelty, a break from more onerous tasks like...writing, having wild passionate sex or reading Miss Snark's blog?
It's wretched enough when people you're connected to ask you for favors. Total strangers asking is beyond the pale.
Don't do it.
What nitwit advised this anyway?