I just emailed the text below to someone who shall remain nameless. I hope reading it fortifies you.
I take full responsibility for giving you, over the years I’ve known you, license to be disparaging of me and my work.
I originally gave you that license because I met you in my 20s, and you were seemingly in a position to help me.
Time and again, what you’ve given me is denigration based on what would seem a completely unfounded assumption of superiority.
Believe it or not, I’m pretty successful now. I’m a New York Times bestselling author. More importantly, I make great things that people all over the world love—enough to translate into different languages.
Your license to speak discouraging words to me is hereby revoked. I’m sure plenty of people would grant you the same license, but it’s my sincere hope that you’ll find another way to get to the place you want to be.”