It’s an infrequent yet irritating occurrence: Fan shows up on Star Wars novel forum saying they want to write a novel. Old fans sigh, roll our eyes, and tell him or her it’s not easy. Established authors. They call you. Write your own stuff, or fanfic, if you’re so set on Star Wars, etc, etc. One lucky fan on TFN gets replies from comic pros John Ostrander and Randy Stradley. Turns into a pretty interesting conversation.
Years and years ago, Corellian trilogy author Roger MacBride Allen wrote an article on this very subject. It’s still worth reading.