Ed Prence grew up in the tiny town of Koppel, Pennsylvania. An amateur baseball player, Ed played for a powerhouse high school team in nearby Ellwood City, and then became a Division I shortstop at Duquesne University of the Atlantic 10 Conference.

He trained for a career in Journalism, but made the leap into advertising sales, where he quickly became one of the leading media account executives in the northeast. In 2010, he retired from Comcast Spotlight in Pittsburgh, having authored over 1000 radio and television commercials. He won the prestigious Telly Award in 2000 for his work in Pittsburgh market advertising.

Now, retired at age 61, Ed has turned his talents back to his first love—creative writing. In The Last Perfect Summer, an inspiring sports and nostalgia novel, the author draws upon his experiences as a life-long amateur player and his boyhood growing up in a small western-Pennsylvania steel town, where baseball was everything

IBPA Silver Award medallion

In 2014, his first novel, The Last Perfect Summer,” won the Independent Book Publishers Association (IBPA) Benjamin Franklin Silver Award for Best Historical Fiction.

TAZ Award

And was also awarded The Authors’ Zone (TAZ) Award as the Best General Fiction in the Pittsburgh Market.

Ed still spends time with baseball—running summer baseball clinics throughout the northeast, and playing amateur baseball in the Men’s 55+ Senior League in the Penn-Ohio area.

Ed makes his home in Ellwood City, Pennsylvania, and also in Clearwater, Florida.

Ed Prence endorses these organizations:

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