The SASE Divorcee
A faithful Snarkling asked if we should mention former agents (in query letters). You said yes.
Out of her two options, which do you prefer? Naming the former agent or just a casual mention of previous representation? (Assuming the agent isn't NoName Joe from Podunkville or Binky)
You can handle it either way but if I like your work and want to discuss representation with you I'm going to ask who what when where and why before we go much further.
Agent hopping can be a sign of bad agents but it can also be a leading indicator of a client with unrealistic expectations. I have several clients who "divorced" their first/second agents and we had very frank discussions about how I work and what they can expect. Some folks never got passed that stage cause it was clear they needed a much different style of interaction than what I offer. That doesn't make them difficult or wrong, it just makes me a bad fit for their needs.
Telling me upfront you were formerly represented by anyone isn't an automatic no.