Recently Twitter coughed up this gem:
I attended a writing conference where a literary agent said during a Q&A panel that he didn’t appreciate it when writers sent queries via email in the evening. He wanted them to look at what time zone he was in and send it during his morning. Does that seem reasonable to you?
My first response was eye-rolling disbelief.
Then I sputtered and spewed for a day.
Then I realized it had to be a joke. (Yes, I am slow on the uptake.)
Clearly some acerbic, mordant wit of an agent got tired of the question "when's the best time to send a query" and had some fun with the audience.
Of course he didn't realize that authors have almost no sense of humor about submission guidelines.
Why does it have to be a joke?
Because no one I know reads queries the moment they come in.
And anyone who expects people to calculate time zones clearly doesn't realize that sometimes even if you know a state, you could be led astray (Oregon, Idaho, Nebraska, Kansas, Texas, North Dakota, South Dakota, Florida, Michigan, Indiana, Kentucky, Tennessee, and Alaska all have more than one.)
Even if your address is NYC, a lot of agents are working remotely. At least three I know of aren't even in the country.
Even Rick wasn't sure:
“If it’s December 1941 in Casablanca, what time is it in New York?”
So what's the take away here?
When you see something this absurd, don't just think "oh gosh, this is from the horse's mouth, I better pay attention" cause it's actually from the other end of the horse.