There was a Polygon article last week about the path of the new Star Wars canon universe leading up to the release of The Force Awakened. There will be about 20 different books, novels, and comics leading up to it. They'll cover the time period between Return of the Jedi and the new trilogy. It will give hints about what has happened with the heroes from the original trilogy.
I'm actually really excited for this announcement, especially the part about giving hints as to what the characters from the original trilogy have been up to. If they're only giving hints... that means that the novels will be full of unique characters and situations that have real stakes. They can grow the universe, put characters in real danger, and have true character growth. It's hard to do that when your main characters have plot immunity because of the films.
My problem now is going to be keeping the Star Wars Legends universe separate from the Star Wars Canon universe in my head. The timelines are going to begin conflicting with one another.