Q. Could you tell me if [name] of [redacted] Talent & Model Agency is an authorized agent for publishing books. She wants an upfront fee of $12,000, and it makes me wonder. Please let me know
A. It's not a question of being "authorized," it's a matter of being reputable and honest - and real agents DON'T charge money upfront. They take 15% of your earnings. They make money when you make money.
Run away from this weird agency fast fast fast.