I Am laying out a book with 36 chapters and I formatted my master page and completed Chapter One. Chapter Two is a new document and I want to carry over Master-A to each successive one. I believe there must be a way to do it, but nothing I have tried works. I am using Windows 7 and InDesign 5.5, version 7.5.
Make a blank template file with your master pages and styles, then use that to make the chapter files.
I created a new master page template and added my first chapter to it. Everything except the chapter title from the master page footer appeared on the pages. I went to the master pages and deleted the chapter title and then replaced it and reapplied the master to all pages. The chapter title still did not come up on the document pages.
Found my error! I neglected to identify the chapter title in the paragraph menu. I think everything is now set to add more documents to the book.