Okay, here's the dirty little secret of the tie-in business:
It doesn't matter who writes the books.
I mean, it matters to some degree, in the sense that someone who doesn't know the franchise shouldn't write the books (Greg Cox and I can tell horror stories about the hiring of two writers who obviously did not know Farscape
to write Farscape
novels, to give one example), but not to the same extent as it would in non-tie-in fiction. Putting Picard or Spock on the cover is a decision that is far more likely to drive sales than the byline. The sales on my books are all over the map -- the Klingon books didn't sell so hot (the first two did okay, the third horribly, the fourth okay), all my TNG
books sold really well (especially A Time for War, a Time for Peace
, which made the USA Today
bestseller list), Articles of the Federation
was mediocre, but A Singular Destiny
sold decently (riding the Destiny
trilogy's coattails, no doubt).
For that matter, Tales of the Dominion War continues
to sell well, but Tales from the Captain's Table
hasn't performed as well. *shrug*
To folks on this board -- which is, unfortunately, a statistically irrelevant sample of the overall readership -- it matters a great deal. But to the readership at large, their decision is far more likely to be based on whether or not it's a TNG
adventure versus a DS9
adventure, or some other plot/character-based criterion.
Having been a tie-in editor, it's better for everyone if the editor works with an author they're comfortable working with. For whatever reason, while I was lucky enough to work well with two previous editors, the current editorial regime aren't comfortable working with me. That's their perogative.