I have a Sitecore 8.1 Update 3 instance with a fresh install of EXM 3.3. Everything seems to be set up correctly. I have set it up so the Newsletter message type is available. So I can create a new one time message using the Newsletter message type. However it seems like for some reason Sitecore is not copying over all of the default values for the Newsletter message root whenever I create a new message.
For example, I just went in to EXM and created a new Newsletter message called "Test 5". If I go to the content tree I notice that there is a message item at the following location:
/sitecore/content/Email Campaign/Messages/2016/10/12T193103/Test 5
So that seems correct. But if I look at the Test 5 item I notice that there is nothing in the Body field. And if I go to
/sitecore/content/Email Campaign/Messages/2016/10/12T193103/Test 5/Newsletter Root and look at the Presentation Details I notice that there is nothing defined there. It's like for some reason when Sitecore created the Test 5 item it didn't use any of the default values. Any idea why?
EDIT: Also, I looked in my log files and I can't see anything that would explain this.