I'm mulling over hiring a private editor to go over a manuscript. With my word count at about 80k, it seems the going rate will cost me about 1k to have it done. That's a large commitment to not ask a few questions to those who have been there, done that.
So, my question for you all is this : Those of you who have published traditionally and/or found an agent on contract, did you find that having a private editor helped (either for copy/line editing or content editing or both).
Is private editing services considered more geared for small publishing houses and self publishing (since the big guys have their own editing staff), or have you found it help you get that contract? Thank you!