I don't know how many of you have been fishing, so bear with me here.
You've got the perfect spot picked out right where the fish traditionally are. Maybe it's like our old fishing hole - not far from the bridge, just around a bend, under a leaning tree. You set out with your tackle box, your rods, and your bait. It's a beautiful day for fishing. So you set up your chair, bait your hook, attach your bobber and cast that sucker into just the right spot. And you wait.
And you wait.
Sometimes you see the bobber jiggle a little, but no strikes. Just more waiting. After a time, you reel in to see if you can figure out the problem. Often, you're reeling in an empty hook because all the little fishies have nibbled your bait off. Occasionally, you see your bait looking just like it had when you threw it in the first time, only wetter. So, you rebait your hook or not, and cast again.
After a few hours of this with still no fish on your stringer, you reel in again and maybe try a different bait. Maybe the bass aren't biting on nightcrawlers today. Maybe they want a different kind of worm. Maybe they're looking for a fat frog or a chunky bug - which you can provide in the form of a lure. You ditch the bobber, add some sinkers, and try the cast and reel method.
Sounds a lot like where I'm at in the querying. Well, actually, right now I'm at the rebait your hook method. Not quite sure what the analogy would be for using a lure. It's possible I just don't have any lures in my tacklebox (i.e. tasty reasons why an agent would want me over Author X). All I have is my hook and my bait. I have to hope that will be enough.
To that end, I'm swapping out that drowned nightcrawler I've been using for a lively little redworm, and casting again. We'll see if anyone bites.