Unless you Place, not Paste, text into the master text frames they won't be doing anything for you. That said, you probably really don't need the master frames at all. If the text frame is the same size as the block enclosed by the margin guides you can autoflow text without the master frames and ID will make new frames based on the margins, and if you turn on Layout Adjustment, frames snapped to the margin guides should move when you change sides if the margin guides cahnge position.
Thank you, I'll give it a try
I'd like to jump in here with another question relevant to what you're talking about. I'm using a trial version of CS5.5 and have attempted to place MS Word text (approximately 325 pages of a book) into ID by using the Place command. I've used both the "retain format" and "unformatted" options without noticing any difference. What happens is that the Word text is imported into the first text frame but does not flow to subsequent frames. If I open the Story Editor, the first frame is fine, but the red line along the left margin begins with the second page and indicates Overtext. No matter what I do I can't get rid of the Overtext warning: reformatting, using a smaller text size, nothing. On the other hand, if I highlight and delete the first page in the first text frame, the second page immediately pops up without my having corrected the Overtext condition. I've run out of things to try, and I'm sure the answer is very simple--if only I had it. Can anyone help?
Did you hold the Shift key when you clicked the loaded place cursor?
That did it! I just spent four days agonizing over this and trying every
trick I knew. I read everything I could find from Adobe but never saw
anything that mentioned the shift key. I think Adobe's documentation
leaves something to be desired. Thank you so much. I hope I can return
the favor someday.
http://help.adobe.com/en_US/indesign/cs/using/WSa285fff53dea4f8617383751001ea8cb3f-6f99a.h tml (same as the help app, but it opens in your browser). This topic covers threading frames and flowing text (including use of the Shift key and the Alt/Opt key).