NY1 transit reporter Jamie Shupak is taking a stab at chick lit. Shupak, who details what's happening on the roads every morning on the New York City-area cable channel, sold an e-book original called Trans-It Girl to the recently announced digital start-up from Jason Pinter, Polis Books.
The novel, Polis said, is inspired by Shupak's own experiences in love, and in the spotlight. Shupak's protagonist, Guiliana Layne, is a traffic reporter whose life is thrown out of whack when an errant text ends her relationship with her college sweetheart. Like Shupak, who began a dating column after her own love life imploded, Layne is offered to air her heartbreak by the handsome editor of a magazine. (Shupak's column used to appear in Complex Magazine.)
The book's title is pulled from a profile of Shupak in the New York Post, which dubbed her the "Trans-It Girl." Shupak has also drawn attention for being a young, single, semi-famous New Yorker: in 2011 she was named one of 50 "Media Power Bachelorettes" by The New York Observer.
Shupak was represented in the deal by Scott Miller at Trident Media Group, and Polis will be releasing Trans-It Girl in November 2013.