So, I’m currently revising a book that’s intended for an adult audience (but it could also be read by teens and children if they wanted to, because it’s not like it’s a porn book or anything). For most writers, that’s what they’d call ‘a book.’ But when you’re a writer of young adult novels, people assume that every book you work on or talk about is a young adult book. Which is totally fine. But there’s still this urge to clarify. However, there’s no simple way to say that you’re working on a book’s intended for an adult audience without making it sound like porn.
I mean, try it.
“I’m working on a young adult novel” sounds totally natural.
“I’m working on an adult novel” sounds natural too…if you’re talking about porn.
So far I’ve been saying, “I’m working on an adult-market novel.” But that still sounds like porn!
It is a perplexing conundrum.