Dear Miss Snark,
Some may call me crazy, but I have offered to help my father find an agent. His day job as a lawyer keeps him pretty busy and although I am busy with my four very young children, I neeeeed to have a project that challenges my brain. Coming up with a diferent animal for each letter of the alphabet is not enough.
That being said, I would like to know if I should explain that I am sending query letters on my father's behalf, or if I should just write them and sign his name to them. Would an agent think a manuscript is not worth reading if the author is not willing to write the query letter? Or would an agent be interested in reading something that is good enough to make a third party willing to do the leg work?
Thank you for your opinion.
Both options ignore the correct course which is to write the letters, have him read and sign them. This is no different than what many admin assistants do each and every day. Killer Yapp in fact has an ongoing correspondence with the poet laureate about the place of doggerel in the literary canon; all letters signed by KY but composed by MS.
An agent doesn't give two shakes of an L is for lamb's tail who writes the letter. Content matters.