I've had a spate of surrogate queriers lately. I'm not sure it's just a fluke of timing or the Cuckoo Bird sign is rising** but I've seen three this week but only about ten all year. Surrogate queriers are high on my list of instant rejection.
By surrogate queriers I mean having someone not only write the query for you but also send it: your assistant, your publicist, your mom, your friend, your whatever.
A query letter is my first introduction to YOUR writing. Unless this other person is writing the book, it makes zero sense to have them write the query.
It's also rather dismissive of the agent/author relationship. Your agent isn't someone you deal with second hand. This, more than the actual letter, is why surrogate queries are instant rejection. I don't want to work with anyone who thinks this is how things work, or how they want things to work.
I don't bother explaining this anymore. I stopped after I sent an email to someone saying I only take queries from the author directly, only to have the surrogate simply sign the letter as if the author had written it and send it back using the same email address.
I was laughing too hard to feel too insulted, but it was a pretty good indicator the writer thought I didn't actually pay attention.
So, hang up your Cyrano nose, and put yours to the grindstone!
**cuckoos hide their eggs in other bird's nests