Long-time reidster with a question: does the thinking/details of the June 06, 2017 posting ("Lit mag subs before querying or publication") still apply, or are there any updates 4.5 years later?
You're right to seek an update, even though in this particular case I think my post stands as written.
Lots of things change in publishing even though it is the most glacial of industries.
A few of those changes come to mind:
1. Fewer interns. If you think an intern is reading your query, you're probably wrong.
2. Almost no one accepts queries by mail.
3. Too many agents have moved to no-response-means-no.
4. Query portals rather than directly emailing
5. Social media.
The last one changed the game, probably forever.
It's made it much more difficult to offer any kind of advice in a public forum because the blowback can be catastrophic.
I regret that a lot since I thought I was helping people by talking about query pitfalls.
The pile-on I got two years ago made me run another cost benefit analysis, and shutting up won the day. (Just this weekend an agent made a comment about word count limits that set off another rumpus.)
When you see advice of any kind on the internet, make sure it's current. Like comps, no more than three years old.