Yes, I am all three. Freelance writers or designers are easy enough to find, but you won't find many who do full-service marketing. Even if you need me to just write or just edit, you'll discover the benefits of hiring someone who understands the big picture.

My one-stop marketing services achieve what a full team of writers, graphic designers and copy editors often fails to: a message that is greater than the sum of its parts.

I start with a creative concept and personally execute it from start to finish, each element working seamlessly with the next because they all came from the same place—my brain! (the right side, I think.)

I'm ready to start on your:


As sole proprietor for Creative Copy and Design, I work with clients coast to coast from my home office in Yorktown, Virginia. I also provide marketing services for local clients across the Virginia Peninsula and Hampton Roads, including Newport News, Williamsburg, Chesapeake, Norfolk, Suffolk and Virginia Beach.

This is me, Melissa James, marketer extraordinaire!

Melissa Lentz James, marketing copywriter, copy editor and graphic designer in Virginia


My services cost much less than an ad agency or graphic design firm because I have almost zero overhead. No staff, no building.... just my trusty laptop, my design software and the gears turning in my mind. I offer discounts to nonprofits.

Complete Write/Edit/Design

Copywriting Only    

Graphic Design Only    



Copy Editing Only

Copywriter | Copy Editor | Graphic Designer

•  Website 

•  Brochure

•  Newsletter

•  Flyer

•  Print or Digital Ad

•  Fundraising Letter

•  Article

•  Annual Report

•  Powerpoint Presentation

•  Business Card


I started my career as a newspaper copy editor, which means anything I write for you will be grammatically correct, properly punctuated and free from embarrassing word choice errors like ensure/insure, mantel/mantle and other distinctions you might not even know about (but I do!).