Meet The Founders

Carol Taylor

Carol Taylor, a former Random House book editor, has worked with many of today’s top black writers. She is a freelance book editor, ghostwriter, and editorial consultant, a bestselling author of 8 books and an award-winning book editor.  She is the editor of the 4-book bestselling Brown Sugar series (Viking Penguin and Simon & Schuster) and Wanderlust (Viking/Penguin), and the novel The Ex Chronicles (Viking/Penguin).  She will publish the follow up to The Ex Chronicles in four more books between 2013 and 2014 in the erotic novella series INSIGNIFICANT OTHERS with bestselling author Pynk.

Taylor has been a book editor, book review editor, book reviewer, writer and author. She also teaches editing at New York University and City College. She has been featured in Essence, Ebony, Black Enterprise, Honey, BET, Heart and Soul, The Boston Globe, The Daily News, The Chicago Sun-Times and Publisher’s Weekly, among many other publications. She has also appeared on BET Tonight with Ed Gordon and ABC Eyewitness News.  Taylor is also an Edit 1st editor.  Read more about Carol Taylor.


Troy Johnson

Troy Johnson is also the founder several other sites, including the industry leading website dedicated to books by people of African descent, AALBC.com. In addition, Johnson has 25 years of technology experience working for large multinational corporations including Goldman Sachs, Deutsche Bank and United Technologies.  Johnson also holds a BS in Electrical Engineering from Syracuse University, an MS from Polytechnic University, and an MBA from New York University’s Stern School of Business.

As an educator, Johnson teaches web design at Baruch College’s Zicklin School of Business.  He also teaches science, social studies, math, and language arts at the Queens Library Adult Learning Center. Read more about Troy Johnson.