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Last week the Tiger Woods biography was named a finalist for Sports Book of the Year in the United Kingdom. The winner will be announced at the end of November in London. I am headed there for the announcement.

I'm often asked what it takes to write a bestselling biography. If you believe in the adage that a picture is worth a thousand words, this picture illustrates what Armen Keteyian and I did on the Tiger book. The photo was taken by my son one year ago when we were buried in source notes. If you look closely, there are five surfaces — four tables and one desk — covered in source material.

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The other key ingredient is a team of talented, dedicated professionals — editors, agents, designers, and so on — that work together to lift a narrative from good to great. And in our case, we benefited from a great team of people from Simon & Schuster’s UK imprint.

My hat is off to the other five finalists for Sports Book of the Year. Win, lose or draw, I’m just grateful to be in the mix.

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Jeff Benedict is the bestselling author of sixteen non-fiction books and he’s a television and film producer. His latest book, The Dynasty, is the definitive inside story of the New England Patriots under Robert Kraft, Bill Belichick and Tom Brady. Published in 2020, it was an instant New York Times bestseller. In 2018, Jeff co-wrote the #1 bestseller Tiger Woods. Jeff was an executive producer on the HBO documentary “Tiger” that was based on the book and aired in 2021. The book is currently being developed into a scripted series, which Jeff is executive producing. Jeff is also the executive producer on a documentary based on his book Poisoned that will air on Netflix. Jeff has written over 100 stories and has been a special-features writer for Sports Illustrated, the Los Angeles Times, and the Hartford Courant, and his essays have appeared in the New York Times. His work has been the basis of segments on 60 Minutes, CBS Sunday Morning, HBO Real Sports, Discovery Channel, Good Morning America, 20/20, 48 Hours, NFL Network, CNN, and NPR.

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