Wonderful news. I couldn't think of a better Trek author to tackle such a ill-defined but significant period in the 'verse's history.
And while I enjoyed the Enterprise
relaunch novels more than most on the board, it'll be great to have a fresh perspective on the series' characters and conventions. Plus, having the Federation's early years finally fleshed out is something I've been hoping for for a while. So this is all-round exciting.