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.

At Creative Copy & Design LLC, I start with a creative concept and see it through from start to finish, each element working seamlessly with the next. I complete most projects personally, though for some I bring in design and writing partners while overseeing their work. Providing excellent marketing on the Virginia Peninsula and beyond, I work with clients in Newport News, Hampton, Virginia Beach, Chesapeake, Norfolk, Yorktown, Virginia, as well as others across the country.

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As the owner of Creative Copy & Design, I work directly with you on your project. I'm known for quickly responding to calls and emails. I help clients nationwide, as well as local businesses across the Virginia Peninsula and Hampton Roads—including Newport News, Hampton, Williamsburg, Suffolk, Norfolk 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 less than an ad agency or graphic design firm, who have higher overhead. Instead of paying for separate writers, designers, editors and project managers, you'll save by getting it all through one multi-talented person.

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!).

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