This is cool! I spent a couple of months searching online to learn how to write a query. Of course, I ran into AQ's winning queries. That's what landed me on this site. But I didn't know, until I stumbled on this thread, that I based my query on the instructions given in the first post. (It was familiar. I just didn't connect it to this site. )
I used it to write my query, and then posted it on another writing site. Many there told me not to include a hook. No idea where they got that one, other than how it used to be in the olden-days, but I'm thrilled this post is five years old and still is the industry standards. So many changes in the last five years, but this isn't one of them!
So, little did I know I had to come across this site twice before it dawned on me this place is special! From me three months ago when I didn't know any better, and from me even now as I'm sweating out having my query torn apart on this same forum, (who thought I'd be more nervous because no one is busting it apart yet? ), thank you! From both mes. And thank you, from future me, when it is busted apart!
If I helped you, please critique my query -- The Comfort Ban.
Or the synopsis. (If you're in a particularly cheery mood, I'll accept a crit for both. Better yet, if you're in a foul mood, take it out on both. )