Image Credit: Scott Gries/Picture Group/MTVThat groan you hear is every author that’s ever put pen to paper turning over in their graves. After news that her Jersey Shore co-stars The Situation, Ronnie, and J-Woww all have book deals, Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi, the shortest and orangest cast member on the reality show, is set to pen a novel called A Shore Thing. Gallery Books will publish it in January 2011. That’s long after the submission deadline for the 2011 Pulitzer Prizes, just in case anyone was wondering.

In the press release, the editor-in-chief of Gallery asks, “Who better than Snooki to write a fun, sexy novel about a single girl looking for love on the Jersey Shore?” I’m just going to take a wild guess and say, maybe someone who’s read a book at some point in their lives? What do you think, inhabitants of Shelf Life? Does this news make you want to go disinfect your bookshelves?