Not the most surprising comment in the world, but hey, at least it’s something:
I can’t comment on this yet because the contract (a different one than the “main” contract) has not yet been signed. And “first announcements” will appear on starwars.com first, so if you haven’t read it from the main site, I can’t comment on it here.
As for ongoing contract issue that she also addresses, it should be noted that both books are listed as Del Rey releases on Amazon and also appear on RandomHouse.com (with the Del Rey logo) just like all the currently announced upcoming books. Would LFL pursue a secondary contract with Del Rey if they weren’t planning on renewing the main one? (And for that matter, why is Del Rey adding them to the catalog if the contract isn’t signed? Solicitation requirements?)
We have had dual book contracts before (Del Rey/Bantam in the 90′s) but I’m not really inclined to believe that LFL would go back in that direction.