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The Empowered Press Team

Giving Voice to the Stories that Matter

Our Story

The seeds for The Empowered Press were planted in late 2017 by author/publisher Jill Carlyle. After graduating from the University of Central Florida with a Bachelor's degree in English, Jill's passion for studying literature naturally segued into writing her own stories. She quickly learned that today's world of traditional publishing routinely rejects important stories that need to be told for the likes of celebrities and social media influencers with hundreds of thousands of followers. Jill quickly discovered how frustrating and deflating traditional publishing can be.

She decided to take matters into her own hands, publish her own work and help other marginalized voices do the same.


Jill Carlyle
Founder & Publisher

Jill is a graduate of the University of Central Florida and holds a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature, and a double master’s degree in English and Creative Nonfiction from Southern New Hampshire University. She is currently pursuing a Master of Fine Arts (MFA) in Creative Fiction.

Jill is the bestselling author of Finding Fifty: A Memoir of Rising in Midlife and the highly anticipated novel Her Story So Far. She resides in Las Cruces, New Mexico with her husband and three furbabies.

Isabel Gompper
Illustrator & Graphic Design

Isabel Gompper is an illustrator, freelance artist, animator, and character designer. She received her Bachelor of Fine Arts from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and currently attends classes at New Mexico State University as a non-degree student. Her experiences include fashion illustration, RISO and offset print making, advanced drawing skills, comic layout, design and illustration, and multiple advanced animation techniques including both digital and hand drawn. Isabel is excited to work in settings where she continuously produces interesting content work.

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Joseph Perry, Esq.
Literary Attorney

Joseph counsels authors, editors, agents, publishers, and other creatives in the book and magazine publishing industries. Joseph is also the founder of the literary agency, Perry Literary, Inc. He currently works as an Associate Editor at Thomson Reuters. He received his juris doctor from St. John’s University School of Law, where he was an Articles Editor for the St. John’s Entertainment, Arts, and Sports Law Journal. Prior to founding The Law Offices of Joseph J. Perry P.C., Joseph worked as a legal analyst at Sony Music Entertainment.

Joseph holds a BA and MA in English from St. Bonaventure University.

Onur Aksoy
Book Cover & Graphic Design

Onur Aksoy has been a graphic designer for two decades. His work includes professionally designed bespoke book and album covers that make a statement.  
Onur currently lives in Melbourne, Australia and works with clients internationally. 

To see more of his work or to inquire about his services please visit his website

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