SES not wokring in e-newsletter plugin

I seem to be having some trouble with setting up amazon ses with the e-newsletter plugin. I have followed all of the steps outlined by Amazon. I have production access smtp settings verified e-mail and dkim but i keep getting this error message when testing my connection (-Failed to send test email! - Please check your outgoing email settings and server config to see if selected ports are open. Error details: The following From address failed: contact@garden-guru.com : Called Mail() without being connected) I can't seem to find much info on the forum is less than 1-2 years old. I am using godaddy as my domain registrar. If anyone has had this issue and resolved it somehow, I would love to hear about it.