Hot Tub Publishing was based in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii until December of 2007, when the company moved to Denver, Colorado. Founded by two guidebook authors who saw a need for destination guides with a specific focus, the company launched an imprint for passionate travelers called Fanatic Guides – books that are “by fanatics, for fanatics.”
Hot Tub Publishing is a member of the Colorado Independent Publishers Association, The Independent Book Publishers Association (formerly PMA), and the Small Publishers Association of North America. Fanatic Guide titles are distributed on the Mainland by Midpoint Trade Books, and in Hawaii by Booklines Hawaii.
On November 11th, 2008, Hot Tub released their first Fanatic Guide, The Golf Fanatic's Guide to Hawaii.