Content editing is a vital step to take on the way to publication. Whether you choose to hire a content editor before or after you enlist beta readers--or perhaps between rounds of beta editors--it is a step that cannot be skipped if you want to produce a good book.
At this point in your writing and editing adventure, you've spent too much time with your manuscript to determine what it's missing, what it has too much of, or what just straight up needs changing or cutting. Beta readers might be able to give vague answers to this effect, but a skilled content editor will help guide you through making the necessary changes to plot and writing to bring your manuscript to the next level.
The relationship between writer and editor is very important, and for that reason I will edit the first 2,000 words for free so that you can get an idea for what my feedback looks like and I can get a feel for your writing.
Cost per word may vary, but my average cost per word for content editing is $.002