But it did!
That act didn't help the franchise
VOY novels were in a slump (or non existent), but now they're not.
... the utter drivel written by Christie Golden...
Well, I did dislike her "Dark Matters" trilogy and "Captain's Table" entry, but enjoyed (but had reservations over) "Homecoming"/"The Farther Shore".
I find it interesting that many in the "Janeway should never die" camp liked
Golden's approach and refused to read/support most other ST books. Not to mention if no character is ever allowed to die, it really starts to stretch believability. As in, No matter what disaster befalls the UFP, every important character will always survive unless already killed off canonically.
Not so sure I want my heroes to be immortal.