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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 a best selling author of 14 books and a television and film producer.  His latest book — QB: My Life Behind the Spiral (written with Hall of Fame quarterback Steve Young) was a New York Times bestseller. He is currently writing the biography of Tiger Woods. He is a producer on the forthcoming motion picture “Little Pink House,” starring Oscar-nominated Catherine Keener with music by David Crosby.  To book him for a speech or private event, contact Ellis Trevor at ellis@chartwellspeakers.com

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