Dear Miss Snark, Two agents asked to see my book. I let both know that another agent was looking. One has asked to know the other's name. What's the rule here? Do I share the names? Many thanks, and wishing you a happy and interesting new year.
"May you live in interesting times" is an old Chinese curse, but I'll overlook that for now given I don't think that's how you meant it...did you?
There is no rule here.
I always want to know who's got their greedy no-good hands on work I want to take on. I have to restrain myself from hacking into the prospective author's email files or sending KY out on a surveillance mission. A small matter of restraining orders and maxed out credit at the bail bondsman on Broadway.
I'm curious cause if it's Barbara Bauer, Ph.D. we're gonna have a whole different kind of conversation than if it's Jenny Bent, or Rachel Vater.
Your real question is though: do you have to reveal that info and the answer is no. Technically it's none of the agent's beeswax. Since curiosity kills cats, we indulge in it frequently here (ok, ok, ....no defense of cat yowling please) but it's still just curiosity nothing more.