Oh, another thing...
I readone "Moderan" sci-fi book, with the Heros being thwarted at ever turn, it was no SW universe, it was a new one, it was slated for a trilogy.
I read book 1, and i guess the sales weer not there, never saw book 2 or 3
The only reason NJO is doing so well, is because it is SW. If these books were created in a Non-sw format, it would ahve died a long time ago