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On the search for 'Socks' and success

Author publishes first book about the dilemmas of laundry

May 21, 2010|By TIFFANY ARNOLD
  • Esther LoPresto, 20, of Hagerstown has published her first book, "Where's My Other Sock?"
By Kevin G. Gilbert/Staff Photographer,

Is the sock under the couch? Behind the bed? Beneath the dryer?

Where is my other sock?

"You'll just have to read the book to find out," said Esther LoPresto, author of the children's book "Where's My Other Sock?"

LoPresto, 20, of Hagerstown, will sign copies of her book from noon to 2 p.m. Saturday, May 22, at Borders bookstore at the Centre at Hagerstown, west of Hagerstown.

"Where's My Other Sock?" is an illustrated children's book released through Tate Publishing and Enterprises, which offers a film-like trailer for "Sock" and a digital download of the book on its website, TatePublishing.com/bookstore.

Much like a tangle of laundry, "Sock" is full of plot twists. The book's protagonist, Tori, can never seem to understand why she's left with one sock in the dryer though she put a pair in the washer. Allegations of sock theft in the family basement, secret alliances and talking objects are what drive Tori closer to solving the mystery of the missing socks.

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It's a book LoPresto said she wrote for fun. "Everybody has that sock that gets lost in the laundry," she said.

LoPresto is a fantasy genre fan who enjoys the work of C.S. Lewis, J.R.R. Tolkien, and Ted Dekker. "Sock" is her first book.

LoPresto put up $4,000 of her own money to publish the book, which according to Tate Publishing was released in late March. She said she'll have to sell 5,000 copies to see a return on her investment.

She said she had sold 120 when she was interviewed for this story but said she had not yet seen how many books she had sold online. The book is available on Amazon.com and Barnesand Noble.com.

The money to publish the book came from her savings.

"She could have very well gone and done something foolish with it," said her father Constantine LoPresto.

Parents Constantine and Nancy LoPresto - neither of whom are writers - started the account for Esther when she was a child, Constantine LoPresto said.

Esther LoPresto has made the family proud.

"I think it's exciting to see her developing these stories, " her father said.

Esther LoPresto said publishing her first book has made her reconsider what she wants to do with her life. She attended Hagerstown Community College with hopes of becoming an accountant.

Today, LoPresto blogs and reviews the books of other authors. She said she is working on a young-adult fantasy novel that weaves Christian themes into the genre.

She plans to write more books.

"I want to serve God by writing," said LoPresto, who attends Bridge of Life Church in downtown Hagerstown. "I hope people are drawn to God by my writing."




If you go ...



What: Esther LoPresto will sign copies of her book, "Where's My Other Sock?"

When: Noon to 2 p.m. Saturday, May 22

Where: Borders, 17636 Garland Groh Blvd., west of Hagerstown.

More: The book costs $12.99, plus tax.

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