Finngle Bells wrote:
I remember how the novels used to be written with their own canon when I was a kid. I think some of those novels were better back then. I think one should be free to write a novel where Janeway never got on that Borg cube with permission from Paramount without being consistent with other novels.
Nothing has really changed from when you were "a kid".
There are still
standalone ST novels that don't link up with the continuity of other novels, standalone trilogies and groups of novels ("Crucible" and "Rihannsu"), sagas of novels that bring characters back from canonical deaths (Shatner's set of nine hardcovers) and novels that disagree with each other (eg. in "Genesis Wave" saga, Nurse Ogawa's only child is female and, in the "Titan" series, the child is male).
to stop an author pitching a Janeway story in which her death in the other 24th century Relaunch novels is ignored. For example, there is already
the novelization of "Star Trek Online: The Needs of the Many", in which Janeway is alive long after Romulus is destroyed.