Saturday, October 18, 2008


Update: December 10, 2008

I am happy to report that I have received permission from The Really Useful Group it use portions of the lyrics in my printed version of the blog. Things are progressing!

Update: December 4, 2008

To update from my post below, I have been busy working on putting this blog into print form; however, it will take some time. Right now I'm dealing with Hal Leonard Corporation, the U.S. copyright agents for The Really Useful Group (Andrew Lloyd Webber's company), trying to get permission to reprint the lyrics. They have requested to read all of my posts where the lyrics are embedded. Today I sent them via email, very nervously I might add. I have no idea what they will think. I'm keeping my fingers crossed. In addition, I am waiting on other permissions from Warner Brothers and from Random House. You will see me removing some of the Warner Brothers pictures here, as I'm trying to stay clear of copyright violations even though I have disclaimers everywhere.

I have also been doing my research on self-publishing. A few authors who have walked that route are helping me take the journey. Hopefully, while I keep writing a few other posts, all these other issues will resolve. Some of my former posts will be edited and reposted here, as I prepare them for publication. I will keep you advised. Thanks again for following me on my journey.

Original Post: First, let me thank all of my readers who have followed my blog, written comments, sent me emails, and talked kindly about my writing on various forums around the Internet. I have received requests from many readers to place this blog into print form. Well, I am about to do that very thing. I believe it's time.

I do have a few more posts in mind regarding the Phantom of the Opera, but at present I am going back through my older posts to tweak them a bit, edit, seek permissions, find an illustrator, and finalize them for print through the means of self-publishing. This may take me a while, but my goal is to have this finalized by January of 2009.

Please, if you have any suggestions, items or topics of further discussion you would like to see included in the final print form, feel free to shoot me an email. When the blog is available in book form, I will post a link where you can order a copy.

Again, I thank all of you from the bottom of my heart who have faithfully followed this blog and left your comments and thoughts! The story has touched us all in a variety of ways, and I am quite sure will continue to do so for many years.

The Phantom's Student


Anonymous said...

Wow! Congratualtions! I do hope this all turns out.
I can only hope this doesn't mean you're not posting anything new--I have so many things I've become attached to that have stopped, that I don't need this to be another one of them.

Looking forward to where the road leads the journey,

Merely a Ballerina

Phantom's Student said...

Thanks for the words! No, I probably will not stop posting. After all, Andrew Lloyd Webber is writing his sequel, and when that hits the stage, I'm sure I'll dissect that version as well!

Cassie said...

I've enjoyed reading your blog too and hope to see more. I look forward to the print form as well! An excuse for me to go do some back reading when I get time.

Anonymous said...

you taught me alot about the phantom of the opera from your blogs thank you

Anonymous said...

Dear Phantom's Student,
I'm excited to hear the great news!
From comments posted on your blog I learned what "Keep your hand at the level of your eyes" means,they don't seem to tell you in the movie.If you have any thoughts on it please let us know.Thanks.
Erik is proud of you,
Phellow Phan