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An Open Letter to Wikipedia: Please Keep the New Adult Fiction Page

Dear folks at Wikipedia:

Hi there. Some of you may remember me. I was actually at the offices of your parent organization, The Wikimedia Foundation, last summer doing some training in LibreOfficefor you. It was a really cool experience being in the belly of the sixth-largest Web site in the world, albeit a tad intimidating. That said, I was wondering if you might be able to do me a kindness.

The New Adult genre, as you probably know, is a relatively new thing. Also, some of you may recall that during my training session, I briefly mentioned my novel, Flagrant Foul, even though it was because I have funny picture of myself on the Internet holding the book looking like a buffoon listing ransom demands. Anyway, I understand that the New Adult fiction page on Wikipedia has been marked for deletion. Since then, the Project page has been flooded with supporting evidence to keep the page intact, rather than merge it with the already-established Young Adult page.

So, I was wondering if you might let this one slide.

Yes, I do understand that the origins of the New Adult page may have come from some marketing department’s idea to pull a fast one on you (Thanks a lot, St. Martin’s Press!). However, as you’ve probably gathered, the genre has taken off beyond this simple marketing ploy, supported by, among other things, articles in the New York Times, the Guardian and the Chicago Sun-Times.

On a personal note, I just found out about this genre recently, giving me at least a sliver of hope that my own works, particularly Flagrant Foul, could find the audience I have long sought for it. And while I know just keeping the Wikipedia page up isn’t exactly a marketing tool I can use, it does kind of give the new genre some legitimacy, so when I blurt out that my book is New Adult, people won’t look at me like I’m crazy.

So, I know you’re all busy, but I just wanted to reach out and see if you can at least consider this request for me. And remember, if you need any other LibreOffice help, you know where to find me.

Thanks in advance.

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