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Thursday, October 7, 2010

Name My Novel!

Just when I thought I was finished...

I asked my first instructor, Author William Bernhardt, to read my novel.  To learn what happened click HERE 

It's all good news, but I am back to the editing table. Whoever said writing was work, was not kidding. But it's incredibly fun. If you too want to learn to write, take a Bernhardt seminar, you won't be sorry.

Now for more fun. 
I am second guessing the title of my book: Flight For Control



Help me find a new name.  If I use your suggestion, you win an autographed copy! All you have to do is sign up to follow, and leave me potential titles in the comments below.  Yes, you can submit more than one guess in one entry. 

A little about the novel without giving away the secrets:

The novel is based on current, and challenging, times in the airline industry and our world. Mergers, pay cuts, captains being bumped back to first officers ...  furloughs, etc.  Pilots can't sell their homes because of the housing market, and they're commuting farther distances and spending less time with their families. Stress. Fatigue. Anger. Depression. How do they focus?

Four unexplained airline crashes have terrorized a nation. My female protagonist once worked for the NTSB, but now is a mother of two and secretly returns to attempt to solve the mystery. Her husband is an airline pilot and running for, and elected to, his pilots union, and he is on the rampage. Department of Homeland Security, the FAA and the NTSB are all involved.

Plane crashes, sex, mystery, lies, deceit, and an industry gone astray fill the pages.

Thank you for your help!

Happy Flying and...

~ Enjoy the Journey~ 

Karlene





42 comments:

  1. I'm dreadful at thinking of book titles, but I am WAY too excited to read this!

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  2. Hey Pup, okay, don't think of a book title...just words that might work. And ask your friends at school. Someone will come up with something!

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  3. Turbulent Times. Best I can think of right now!

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  4. See I knew you could come up with something. What is probably going to happen is I'll end up with a word from a couple people to make the name. Then I'll be giving out 3 novels!

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  5. I suck at titles. I keep coming up with cliched titles - "Terminating Flight" or "Final Approach" ect. For some reason I thought death was one of the subjects you listed (oh wait, that's my novel). If you could restyle the novel as a comedy, I'd suggest "Shift Happens!".

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  6. Wrytersblock01 Lot's of death happening too. And... Funny... "Shit Happens" may just be the title of my series I'm working on. There is already a Final Approach. Thanks for your suggestions!

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  7. Lipo and Louis, these are great! Thank you guys!!!

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  8. As I've suggested via Twitter, "Breaching the Skies" is the title from me.

    @FHxoxo

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  9. I like Flight for Control--especially when I think about your plot. :-)

    —Portia

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  10. Jo Martino (TopazJos)October 7, 2010 at 12:02 PM

    Just a couple more from us:

    Fighting for Control
    Kiss Goodbye to the Clouds (Laurens idea)
    Shattered Dreams from Above

    Oh I don't know, this is a hard one and..
    Free Falling, (Not sure if I sent first message)

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  11. Ok, here are a few, please consider I'm suffering from flu right now ;)

    - Controlled Flight Into Terror
    - Flying into Mystery
    - Out of control
    - Captain Speaking
    - Behind the cockpit door
    - Crash site
    - Hard landing (or Hard landings?)
    - Turbulent times
    - The flight of her life

    Hope this helps

    Vincent

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  12. Wake Turbulence.
    Clear Air Turbulence.
    Stick Shaker.
    FOD.
    AOG.
    Flight Level Chaos.
    Call The Tower!
    Pull Up, Terrain.
    Frozen Contrails.
    121.5.
    Rapid Decompression.
    In-Flight Fatigue.
    Localizer Unusable.
    Below Glideslope.
    Radar Contact Lost.
    Zone of No Trangression.
    Flame-Out.
    Parasite Drag.
    Shockwaves.
    Behind The Power Curve.
    Stall Buffet.
    Compressor Stall.
    N1.
    In-Flight Icing.
    The Captain Has Illuminated The Fasten Seatbelt Sign.
    Mach Madness.
    Low Airspeed.
    Traffic Alert!
    IMC.
    Ground Hold.
    Simultaneous Approaches.
    ATIS Trouble.
    Hangar Rash.
    Runway Incursion.


    I'll have more later if other ideas surface.

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  13. in control,out of control,just in control,fight for control.fighting for control

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  14. what about "this is your captain speaking"

    or

    "Please fasten your seat belt"

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  15. Thank you Portia, I liked mine too. But... a workshop in Seattle and Bill suggested something different. I'm getting a ton of great suggestions!

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  16. Jo, Thank You! And Lauren too. These are great!

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  17. Vincent, all of these are great! You could do this for a business. I hope you get feeling better. Drink lots of hot liquids, and get sleep.

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  18. Windtee... these are GREAT Okay... you too should go into business naming novels. Keep them coming, I'm writing a series and may just need more

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  19. You know me, I'm still partial to Flight For Control. People are throwing around some great ideas though! The fasten your seatbelts comment got me thinking (thanks Pilot) what about Experiencing Turbulence. You could play off something a flight attend or pilot would tell the passengers and it fits with the novel. Just a thought!

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  20. Thanks Heather! I like that. I'm going to list out all the names/words and start playing with them.
    Aren't these great?!

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  21. I love 121.5. from Windtee. Have no idea what it means though. But if it's an actual flight emergency code or something, that would be outstanding! Think Fahrenheit 451, Catch 22, etc. - okay, those have words as well as numbers, but there's something seriously grabbing about that number.

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  22. this is kind of corny, but I guess I'll put it here anyway: Approach...unstable or unstabilized approach...although I do like the original name that you have as there are a lot of ways to interpret it- leaves the reader wondering...Fight for control of the aircraft? Control of her life? Control of this crazy industry? Personally I think that you should stick with fight for control- but thats just my 2 cents.

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  23. Thanks Anonymous! But...the title was Flight for Control. So... Fight for Control will be your thought?
    So many great suggestions!

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  24. Thank you Linda, and you just gave me a great idea! 121.5 is the emergency VHF frequency.

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  25. Whoops yeah, meant flight for control- but fight for control- I just think it adds some mystery to it- but like I said, just my 2 cents
    Dan
    (ignore my earlier suggestion for the unstabilized approach- fight for control or flight for control is better.)

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  26. Thanks Dan... my daughter had a really good point. She said, that Flight For Control will reach a broader audience, the airplane terms...will only touch pilots.
    I'm so glad I did this however, I got some great ideas for my series~

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  27. I'm partial to short titles, like: "Turbulence"

    But tell me, what's wrong with "Flight for Control" and why the second guessing?

    ees

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  28. Eldon, thank you for the name! And... good question! More than I think about it... I'm thinking Flight For Control will be it. :)
    But... I have a bunch of names for other books and I'm going to be giving those novels away too!

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  29. As I suggested in Twitter:
    7700
    77
    or anything like that? :)

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  30. "Flight for you right"
    "Flying for life"
    "Pilot for life"

    Something like this... Good luck anyway!
    XOX ;-)

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  31. RIKHT... Thank you for the 7700! And, yes... something like that sounds great!

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  32. Hey! Its Martin!
    The office at 39, 000ft
    or
    Flight to Success

    I really think flight to success is a really good name, so keep that in mind. Its original!!

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  33. Thanks Martin! I will keep it in mind. But the flights in this novel are not very successful. lol. I'll use it for another. You've just inspired me! Thank you! More to come.

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  34. I agree with you, I don't think "Flight For Control" is the best title. I'm not saying these are either, but how about:

    "Bumpy Ride"
    "Hard Landing"
    "Five Miles High"
    "Diversion"
    "Go Around"
    "Holding Pattern"
    "The Long Descent"

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  35. D.B. These are great! Thank you. I'm writing a series, and I definitely will use one or more.
    I'll keep you posted.

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  36. Funny Kathy. I wish I could where pajamas!

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  37. SECRETS OF FLIGHT
    BEYOND FLIGHT
    DREAM TO FLY/DREAMS TO FLY
    FLYING HIGH
    BEYOND THE CLOUDS
    AFTER FLYING
    FUTURE OF THE AIRLINE INDUSTRY....

    omg...cnnt thing to much...excited to read your novel...
    good luck karlene..:)haha

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  38. More excellent Names Nicholas! Thank you so much. I'm planning on copying them all down and playing with the names to see which fits the best. I'll let you know.

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  39. Hahaha..
    ur welcome....
    ok..lets wait..!tc

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