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Author Thu Dec 06 2012

Collaborative "Shy Town Girls" Book Series Launches this Saturday

shytowngirls.jpgWhy should New York get all the single-girl-in-the-big-city stories? Ask Katie Leimkuehler, Jennifer Yih, Kate Clinesmith and MG Wilson, and they'll tell you Chicago holds its own as a setting for urban dating adventures. The local writers have sought to capture the essence of Windy City romance in the new four-part novel series Shy Town Girls.

"The series evolved from the idea that every girl has these moments...anything from wine nights with friends, to laughing over the ridiculous pick-up lines guys throw our way," said Leimkuehler. "How many times have I heard a girl in the bathroom at the bar having the same conversation with her friends that I just had with mine? My co-authors and I wanted to capture the real essence of what it's like to be young, single, and dating in the city in the digital age."

And with a thriving fashion, food and nightlife scene, Chicago's Gold Coast provided the perfect backdrop for the trials and tribulations of fictional characters Bobbie, Ivy, Meryl, and Ella, four working friends (along with their sage landlady, Barbara) who share more than just a brownstone apartment.

Leimkuehler, founder of the website Conquer the Edge, says she's always wanted to write a novel series, and when the opportunity to collaborate with Wilson, Yih and Clinesmith arose, she embraced it. Though they developed the overarching storyline and an outline for each book together, each author adopted a character and book.

"[Collaboration] has made the process of writing, editing and marketing much easier because we act as a team," said Leimkuehler. "And working with my co-authors often feels more like hanging out with my friends than work--you can't beat that."

The authors funded the books through PubSlush, and the first is now available on Amazon. Enjoy cocktails, hors d'oevres, a raffle, and giveaways among funky fashions at the December 8 book launch party at Akira, 645 W. Diversey Pkwy. at Clark St. from 7-9pm. The event is free. RSVP here.

 

Jennifer Yih / December 6, 2012 10:35 AM

As author of the first book "Shy Town Girls" I'm extremely proud of the outcome and honored to be featured on Gaper's Block. Thank you for a great article Lara.
Sincerely,

Jennifer ;)

Lara Levitan / December 7, 2012 9:55 AM

Thanks, Jennifer! And congrats on the book!

MG Wilson / December 9, 2012 11:53 AM

Thanks so much for this great article. Here were three things I learned as the publisher and one of the authors on this project:

1. Writing with young, talented writer was like putting my writing and publishing on steroids. It was much more fun and impactful.
2. Each contributor's skills helped me learn new strategies for a better story.
3. Working with others helped me become a better sharer--a better collaborator.

Lara LevitanAuthor Profile Page / December 14, 2012 10:39 AM

Sounds like a worthy experience. Thanks for sharing, MG!

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