our history

Escapees from corporate business life and finding that they were on the same editing path, Merle and Di joined forces and co-founded Word Matters. The name sums up the company’s mission … everything about word matters – the way a word is spelt, the style of a manuscript, grammar used in a novel, formatting in a thesis, punctuation in an article, and layout everywhere … all matter!

Their shared passion is to help authors, students and companies perfect all matters of the written word. Their goal is for their clients to thrive … rather than merely to survive!

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di jarvis


Di has recently completed a fulfilling 30-year career with one of SA’s leading short-term insurers in various national roles including Direct Marketing, Marketing, and Key Account Management.

She thrives on mentoring people and has held many leadership roles in and out of the workplace. Wisdom, life experience and her passion for detail are perfect for her ‘second-half’ in editing.

Di has completed Copy-editing (UCT), SMDP and MDP (USB), Certificate in Direct Marketing (DMA) and Project Management (Damelin). She is a member of the Professional Editors' Guild (PEG) and adheres to their code of conduct.

Di enjoys kayaking, cycling, camping and the outdoors. She expresses her creativity through baking and entertaining friends and family at her home-styled Italian 'trattoria'.

merle symonds

Merle happily left corporate life after 28 years. She has a strong command of English, and application of skills, strategic understanding and attention to detail led to a successful career in a leading FMCG firm.

She has experience in marketing, supply chain, strategic research, capital projects, systems management, and training, and has embarked on a journey of copy-editing and proofreading, while continuing with project management, facilitating and assessing.

Merle’s qualifications include BCom Marketing (UNISA), Project Management (UNISA SBL), ETDP (SETA) and Copy-editing (UCT). She is an active member of the Southern African Freelancers’ Association (SAFREA).

Merle plays squash and tennis and loves the African bush. She dabbles in art for relaxation and enjoys taking amateur wildlife photographs.

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