A reader asked:
In a ‘How to Write a Query Letter’ book I read recently, the author recommends no more than three concisely written sentences in the Blurb. Additionally, the author recommends the avoidance of naming characters in the blurb because it slows the agent’s reading speed and makes them pause to think. Would you agree with these statements, and why?
I think you miss something if you try to avoid names completely in your query, especially if your book is about characters. That being said, I also think you have problems if you try to include every character. There’s no easy answer for this because it’s going to depend on the blurb and how it’s written. I think it’s fine to include names, but as with everything in a blurb it’s important to streamline and tighten at all times.