meet the team
Romance Editors Extraordinaire.
Hi, I’m casey
I’m a cheese addicted, yoga pants wearing, book lover. (It’s kind of a job requirement.)
I’ve worked with dozens of authors, from brand-new writers working on their debut novel to NY Times bestselling authors working on their seventeenth (published) novel. No matter where you’re at in your writing career, I will hold your hand and kick your ass with each edit. With a precise balance of humor, tact, and expertise, I point out all of the flaws in a manuscript and then help the author rebuild it. They rewrite, adding thousands of words to their books, making them infinitely more emotional, incorporating character growth that wasn’t apparent before, and adding enough tension to keep any reader hooked until the last page.
After one round of developmental edits with me, USA Today bestselling author Lexi C. Foss added over 20K words to her novel, Blood Heart. It won a Golden Quill Award and was a finalist for a Maggie Award!
Every book is unique. Every story has something new and special about it that only that story can tell. My goal is to pull that uniqueness to the forefront. My job is to make your story shine with its fullest potential, so it’s not just some passion project but a fully developed, critically acclaimed novel that you are proud to show off.
Books have been a huge influence in my life, and I knew that I wouldn’t be happy unless I created a career that allowed me to read every single day. But I don’t just want to read. I want to help create the books that I love so much. I want to help inspire authors to write the book of their dreams.
I’ve held many jobs where I was surrounded by books. I’ve worked at libraries. I was an Assistant Store Manager at a bookstore. I started writing reviews for Literary Escapism in 2010 and continue to have monthly book discussions on the Shelf Addiction podcast. I created and hosted Reading Until Dawn Con, a fun event for authors and readers to party together all weekend long. There were a few other non-book related jobs along the way, but they were never as fun.
Despite having all these bookish jobs, somehow it was never enough. I wanted to do more.
I founded Heart Full of Ink in 2017 with one goal in mind: helping other authors. I could help with the inception of the story, with plotting sessions and book coaching. I could work with the author during rounds of edits to enhance their story, pushing them to dig deeper. I could help the authors after the book was finished with back cover copies and creating series bibles.
I created my dream job. And I haven’t looked back once.
Hi, I’m catharine
Catharine Lindsey started writing when she was seven years old and never stopped. Because fictional worlds are (almost) always better places to be. She’s been a romance editor for over a decade, working at several small publishing houses before branching out on her own. She lives in Portland as a self-described suburban hippie, with her incredibly supportive fiance, her amazing kiddo, and their furbabies. Catharine is an LGBTQ+ ally, firmly believes Black Lives Matter, and sends love and support to all of her fellow neurodivergent peeps.
We Will Get Along If:
♥ You support #BlackLivesMatter. No ifs, ands, or buts.
♥ You, too, can sing along with every song from the television musical sensation Crazy Ex-Girlfriend.
♥ Love is love. Any person should be able to marry the person they love, no matter what.
♥ You use a person’s correct pronouns. Because it’s not a suggestion.
♥ You know the difference between Star Wars and Star Trek. (And no, it’s not just three letters.)
♥ Christian Grey is a rapist. This is a statement of fact everyone in the BDSM community knows.
♥ You understand that the patriarchy is one of the roots of all our systematic toxicity.
♥ All Nazis are evil.
♥ You also collect pens, pencils, notebooks, and sticky notes like a dragon hoards gold.
Ready to work with us?
“Finding the right developmental editor is vital to an author’s creative process. It’s a delicate skill that requires providing an influential critique while also giving critical feedback in a non-belittling way. There are not many editors out there who can do this, but Casey has mastered the skill.
Casey reviews manuscripts in a positive way that touches on the strengths of the story, while also pointing out the flaws in a constructive manner. Her notes always bolster my confidence in my writing, and provide fantastic advice/direction on how to improve the story/plot. And her attention to detail is spot on. She’s absolutely brilliant, and I will definitely be working with her on my future projects.”
Listen to me rant!
I’ve been a co-host on the #3Bloggers1Series podcast since it’s inception in 2017. You can listen to me, Tamara from Shelf Addiction, and Nicola from Alpha Heroes take on an Urban Fantasy series and give our honest opinions about each book.
Don’t forget to join our Facebook group, where we talk about all things books, host monthly book club chats, and bond over plot holes.
“I believe that when we put our hearts to it, we can achieve absolutely anything we want. Period.”
- Developmental Edits
- Series Bibles
- Plotting Sessions
- Back Cover Copies
“I’ve had the pleasure of working with Casey on several projects, and have come to appreciate and depend upon her keen eye and unique insight. She’s the perfect combination of a devoted reader and a consummate professional, and her feedback consistently elevates the overall quality of my work as an author. From characterization to themes and plot, Casey is able to identify potential issues and make sound recommendations for improvement. She’s become my trusted partner and an indispensable resource, and I would highly recommend her services to writers at all levels of the game.”
I’m a sucker for beautifully written stories. The world needs more. Let’s create them together.