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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.

Katie Moody
Project Manager
Marketing & Social Media Manager

Katie Moody is a PNW native who loves all things media - movies, tv shows, books, songs and, you guessed it, social media! She has a holistic approach to managing online presence and a balance of both creative and analytical skills developed over 5 years in the industry. She believes there is nothing better for a team than a color-coded calendar and a notebook full of ideas. Her desert island movie is The Princess Bride, her favorite animal is a bat, her current obsession is Ben & Jerry's non-dairy P.B. & Cookies ice cream, she's living happily ever after with the love of her life, and she is so excited to be a part of the Empowered Press team!


Sherry Anisi
Senior Copy Editor

Sherry Anisi has bachelor’s degrees in English and psychology with a minor in Japanese from the University of Minnesota, and she attended the Denver Publishing Institute in summer 2014. She has almost ten years' experience working in both books and board game publishing, primarily in licensing. She has a passion for editing and loves to read sci-fi and fantasy novels. Sherry resides in Seattle, and you will most often find her at a concert or show.

Onur Aksoy
Book Cover Design
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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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.

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